Chapter

Homecoming

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/9780823231027.003.0027
Homecoming

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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

Chapter.  2137 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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