As a boy of 12 living in D.C. suburbs in a trucking family dependent on daily business transactions for casual Black labor, I clearly sensed the Liston/Ali fight(s) ushered in a sea change in Black/White relations.

It never occurred to me until today that the fight(s) may have been thrown.

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Cassius Clay changed his name to Muhammad Ali between the first and second Liston fights. His publicly stated reason for doing this was because "Cassius Clay" was a slave name.

This this triggered a massive change the casual Black labor market. It became increasingly more expensive and dangerous to load or unload a truck anywhere in the United States.

It marked the beginning of the requirement to pay niggers not to work.

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@JimmyMarr i remember reading a bio of him when i was in sixth grade, it was probably my first introduction to nigger sexual behavior, some of the stuff it went into. i never really dealt with niggers because we didnt live around any.

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