Gang Leader for a Day

Ms. Bailey Character Analysis

A nominally elected local figure and representative for tenants’ rights in Building A of the Robert Taylor Homes, Ms. Bailey has a great deal of power in allocating resources for families living around her. Sudhir interviews Ms. Bailey extensively for his project, and makes the mistake of sharing information with her about tenants’ earnings, which causes Ms. Bailey to increase her unofficial “tax” on their “hustles.”

Ms. Bailey Quotes in Gang Leader for a Day

The Gang Leader for a Day quotes below are all either spoken by Ms. Bailey or refer to Ms. Bailey. 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 Penguin edition of Gang Leader for a Day published in 2008.
Chapter 5 Quotes

For now, be careful when you help the women. They’ll take advantage of you, and you won’t know what hit you. And I can’t be there to protect you.

Related Characters: Ms. Bailey (speaker), Sudhir Venkatesh
Page Number: 158
Explanation and Analysis:

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Ms. Bailey Character Timeline in Gang Leader for a Day

The timeline below shows where the character Ms. Bailey appears in Gang Leader for a Day. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3 – Someone to Watch Over Me
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Sudhir attempts to see other parts of the Robert Taylor Homes. He visits Ms. Bailey , the building manager in Robert Taylor A, and she walks with him across competing... (full context)
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...between the BKs and the Disciples, the gang congregating near zone B. Sudhir attends, with Ms. Bailey , an official meeting with the Chicago Police soon after, and notes how members of... (full context)
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Ms. Bailey hints to Sudhir, however, that he should return to the meeting room in a couple... (full context)
Chapter 5 – Ms. Bailey’s Neighborhood
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...“2/3” of the permanent residents of the projects are women. Sudhir hones back in on Ms. Bailey , “building president of the LAC (Local Advisory Council).” Although Ms. Bailey is paid (by... (full context)
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Sudhir meets with Ms. Bailey in her “office,” which is rundown, but which she rules with an iron fist. Ms.... (full context)
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Ms. Bailey begins speaking with Sudhir more regularly in her office, although she asks him to step... (full context)
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One day, Sudhir is meeting with Ms. Bailey when Clarisse, the prostitute living in the Homes, comes by, drug-addled and upset, and asking... (full context)
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Sudhir attends a meeting Ms. Bailey holds for residents of the building to air their grievances. Many complain about the presence... (full context)
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Afterward, Sudhir asks Ms. Bailey about her philosophy of running the project building of which she’s leader. She responds that,... (full context)
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One day, Sudhir is talking to Catrina outside Ms. Bailey ’s office when a commotion breaks out in the building. Squatters scream that they must... (full context)
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...thoughts, he goes back to the Homes. There, he runs into JT, who says that Ms. Bailey is angry with him. When he speaks to Ms. Bailey, she says she’s “worried” that... (full context)
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Ms. Bailey admits again that her methods, such as the use of the militia against Bee-Bee, require... (full context)
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Sudhir observes what happens when a family loses their front door. Ms. Bailey helps the family to negotiate with the CHA and get a new door, but only... (full context)
Chapter 6 – The Hustler and the Hustled
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Sudhir meets with Ms. Bailey and JT and tells them what he’s learned about the legal status of some of... (full context)
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...interviewing pimps and prostitutes within the buildings – the interviews are arranged by JT and Ms. Bailey , and Sudhir is surprised to hear that many pimps and prostitutes are willing to... (full context)
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...did in the lots of the Homes, was fairly lucrative. One day, Sudhir meets with Ms. Bailey to catch up, and finds JT with her in her office. Sudhir, unthinking, shares a... (full context)
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...realizes that he’s angered nearly everyone he normally speaks to in the homes. JT and Ms. Bailey have gone around to tenants with boarders, to people like C-Note, and to prostitutes like... (full context)
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Sudhir attends a funeral later that summer for Catrina, Ms. Bailey ’s assistant. Sudhir, like many in the buildings, is deeply upset at her death; she... (full context)
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...discussion, the compromises they must make in negotiating with authority figures like the CHA and Ms. Bailey – some women, for example, have had to “let” their boyfriends or husbands sleep with... (full context)
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Finally, Ms. Bailey tells Sudhir to come to another community meeting, where angry residents ask Sudhir why he’s... (full context)
Chapter 7 – Black and Blue
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...the information he’s learned, but worries that he’s perhaps been using people like JT and Ms. Bailey to further his own career. (full context)
Chapter 8 – The Stay-Together Gang
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...prestigious position, and Sudhir realizes that he is pulling away from people like JT and Ms. Bailey , perhaps for good. Sudhir notes that the drug trade in Robert Taylor, as buildings... (full context)