Chapter

Shifting Loyalties

ALLEN JONES and Mark Naison

in The Rat That Got Away

Third edition

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780823231027
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240821 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.003.0017
Shifting Loyalties

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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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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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