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The Rat That Got AwayA Bronx Memoir$
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Allen Jones

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823231027

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.001.0001

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Shifting Loyalties

Shifting Loyalties

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(p.83) 17 Shifting Loyalties
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The Rat That Got Away
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ALLEN JONES

Mark Naison

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.003.0017

This chapter is just one illustration of this double-mindedness that became a habit of Allen Jones's being. In the spring of 1967, the end of his first year at Taft High School, he was finding it harder than usual to concentrate on school. One dealer who made a strong impression was this brother who went by the name of Bang. He lived on Boston Road, where he had the drug market of the entire neighborhood around Morris High School under his control. One evening, when Jones was talking to a girl outside Roosevelt, he saw his boy Gerard Wakens start to trade blows with Bang. This was not something that he or anyone else from the Lester Patterson Houses could ignore. They all came to Gerard's defense. The next thing he knew they were backed up against the wall of the White Castle up the street from Roosevelt with their hands up and ready to take on all comers.

Keywords:   double-mindedness, Allen Jones, Taft High School, Bang, drug market, Morris High School, Gerard Wakens, Lester Patterson Houses

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