All American Boys

by

Jason Reynolds

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English Jones Character Analysis

English is one of Rashad’s best friends. He is extremely handsome, kind, and captain of the basketball team. English is at first concerned when tensions over Rashad’s arrest threaten appear to threaten the basketball season, but eventually insists on the importance of protest and, with Quinn, decides to name a new play after Rashad.

English Jones Quotes in All American Boys

The All American Boys quotes below are all either spoken by English Jones or refer to English Jones. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Atheneum edition of All American Boys published in 2015.
9. Tuesday: Quinn Quotes

“Why does it automatically gotta be Rashad's fault? Why do people think he was on drugs? That dude doesn’t do drugs. He's ROTC, man. His dad would kick his ass. You do drugs, asshole.”

“Just a puff here and there, man, come on. I don’t do drugs."

"I’ve seen you smoking a blunt. Metcalf sold you that shit. Metcalf––a white dude, by the way. Man, that shit could have been laced with crack, or fucking Drano. You don’t know what you talkin’ ‘bout.”

Related Characters: Quinn Collins (speaker), English Jones (speaker), Rashad Butler
Page Number: 175
Explanation and Analysis:

Now I was thinking about how, if I wanted to, I could walk away and not think about Rashad, in a way that English or Shannon or Tooms or any of the guys at school who were not white could not. Even if they didn't know Rashad, even if for some reason, they hated Rashad, they couldn’t just

ignore what happened to him; they couldn't walk away. They were probably afraid, too. Afraid of people like Paul. Afraid of cops in general. Hell, they were probably afraid of people like me. I didn’t blame them. I'd be afraid too, even if I was a frigging house like Tooms. But I didn't have to be because

my shield was that I was white. It didn't matter that I knew Paul. I could be all the way across the country in California and I'd still be white, cops and everyone else would still see me as just a “regular kid,” an “All-American” boy. “Regular.” “All American.” White. Fuck.

Page Number: 180
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16. Friday: Rashad Quotes

Me, Spoony, Carlos, English, Berry, and Shannon were in the front of the crowd, and all of a sudden, our arms locked and we were leading the way like—the image came to me of raging water crashing against the walls of a police dam. Marching. But it wasn’t like I was used to. It wasn't military style. Your left! Your left! Your left-right-left! It wasn’t like that at all. It was an uncounted step, yet we were all in sync. We were on a mission.

Page Number: 306
Explanation and Analysis:
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English Jones Character Timeline in All American Boys

The timeline below shows where the character English Jones appears in All American Boys. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
1. Friday: Rashad
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In the school bathroom, Rashad sees his friend English Jones, a “stereotypical green-eyed pretty boy” who is loved by everyone and is the captain... (full context)
3. Saturday: Rashad
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Berry, who is Spoony’s girlfriend and English’s older sister, is at the hospital too. Rashad drifts in and out of sleep, watching... (full context)
4. Saturday: Quinn
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...makes Willy swear to keep a secret. Quinn tries to figure out if Jill and English hooked up, without asking directly. Quinn worries that Jill thinks of him as “more of... (full context)
5. Sunday: Rashad
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...Rashad being on the news. Rashad responds with a group text to Carlos, Shannon, and English explaining what happened and assuring them that he’s okay. Rashad’s family members remain tense, but... (full context)
7. Monday: Quinn
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...arrest just makes it worse. At basketball practice, Quinn feels disproportionately aware of Shannon and English, because he knows they are close friends of Rashad. Coach Carney gives a speech about... (full context)
8. Monday: Rashad
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In the afternoon, Carlos, Shannon, and English arrive at the hospital to visit Rashad. As the boys catch up, Carlos pretends he... (full context)
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...his version of what happened at Jerry’s. The boys are shocked by the story, and English in particular is launched into a daze. Suddenly English says it’s time for them to... (full context)
9. Tuesday: Quinn
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...Carney pushes the team extra hard. While they are on the leg machines, Quinn asks English if he knows who did the graffiti. English is standoffish, and tells Quinn: “Rashad didn’t... (full context)
10. Tuesday: Rashad
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Soon after, English, Shannon, and Carlos arrive; they, too, immediately begin talking about the protest. English explains that... (full context)
11. Wednesday: Quinn
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...on basketball for the first time since Rashad’s arrest, and he does well. He and English get into an impressive rhythm together, and Quinn wishes the scouts were already there, watching.... (full context)
13. Thursday: Quinn
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...Quinn all day, and at basketball practice refuses to look Quinn in the eye. As English aces a new play for the third time in a row, he raises a fist... (full context)
14. Thursday: Rashad
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...Rashad texts his friends, who tell him about Quinn and Guzzo’s fight at basketball practice. English says: “School is intense. Everybody’s picked a side.” (full context)
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...he realizes that he is marching for Darnell as much as himself. Later that night, English, Shannon, Carlos, and Spoony come over, and Jessica orders Mother’s Pizza. The boys explain what... (full context)
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...when Rashad expresses concern about his friends missing basketball practice, they respond that it’s unimportant. English notes that the protest has spread far beyond Springfield Central High, and Jessica adds that... (full context)
16. Friday: Rashad
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...moves through the crowd, people part ways to make space for him. Rashad spots Carlos, English, and Shannon, holding a sign that says, “RASHAD IS ABSENT AGAIN TODAY.” Rashad spots Mr.... (full context)
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The crowd chants. Rashad locks arms with Spoony, Carlos, English, Berry, and Shannon, and the group of them end up at the very front, leading... (full context)