What does August Wilson’s play Radio Golf have to say about the ways African Americans protect themselves?
Wilson suggests in Radio Golf how African Americans protect themselves through the traits and goals of his characters. For instance, through the characters of Hammond and Mame, Wilson suggests that African Americans protect themselves from the vagaries of society when personal definitions of right are not rigidly and inflexibly held to but are instead tempered with acute knowledge of how the world works and, equally importantly, how it does not work. The character of Roosevelt demonstrates that another mode of protection comes from the integration of ethnic origins into present day dealings as opposed to divesting identity from ethnic history and racial rootedness. Roosevelt is warned that he is allowing himself to be used by whites because he has stepped away from his origins and his history.