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.

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.

Liston played the good nigger and Clay played the bad nigger.

Everybody knew which nigger won.

@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.

@JimmyMarr You can clearly see that Ali's shot did rock Liston's brillonut. I think the fact that it wasn't a haymaker but a quick, clipping punch that hit just right caused all the controversy ever since. It's the sort of seemingly minor thing people didn't expect could stop the fearsome Liston.

Still, being mob-controlled, he might have thought "Why not now? Get it over with."

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