Consider how T.J.’s personality leads to his troubles at the end of the novel. Describe T.J. and the flaws that result in his losing Stacey’s friendship and eventually his involvement in the robbery of the Barnett store with R.W. and Melvin.
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He is repeating the seventh grade, cheats on tests, gets Mama fired, and hangs out at the Wallace store which ultimately loses him Stacey's friendship. His "friendship" with the older, white Simms brothers leads him to commit a crime and nearly causes him to be lynched. He is the catalyst for an eruption of racial tension and at the end will most likely be sent to a chain gang for a murder that the Simmses committed.