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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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(p.160) 27 Homecoming
The Rat That Got Away


Mark Naison

Fordham University Press

There is nothing like seeing the lights of New York City at night from miles above. Allen Jones began to realize just how homesick he was and how good it felt to be coming home. However he also recognized some irony in his feelings. The home he was returning to had treated him, along with all his black brothers and sisters, both living and dead, like slaves, outlaws, second-class citizens, and worse. America had been founded by brutal, self-serving men who were concerned only about gaining wealth and did not care how they did it. Racism was a way of life in America. This was not to say that Europe had no racism. However, for a black man, Europe seemed a lot less dangerous. Spending time with his family was a precious gift after having been away from them, and he was also happy to have a chance to return to Virginia to see his girlfriend, Connie Boyer.

Keywords:   New York City, Allen Jones, black brothers, slaves, second-class citizens, America, racism, Europe, Connie Boyer

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