BREAK DOWN OF HOW SHOWTIMES, “PARIAH: LIVES AND DEATHS OF SONNY LISTON”, based on the book, THE MURDER OF SONNY LISTON: LAS VEGAS, HEROIN AND HEAVYWEIGHTS, stole my concepts and ideas.

BEAST: THE DECONSTRUCTION OF CHARLES SONNY LISTON
When I started my research for this book in 2008, I knew that this theory I had for the reason why the world was booing Mr. Ali and favoring Sonny Liston in both their two fights together would become a point of contention for those who would read my book. Why did Sonny Liston become the odds on favorite to beat Cassius Clay? Cassius Clay was the “People’s Champion” and he had won the gold medal at the Olympics. If Sonny was so easy to hate, then shouldn’t Cassius Clay have been that much easier to love? I found that this negative image I had of Sonny was a reflection of my own negative self-image. Sonny reminded me of how I saw myself. And I hated myself. But I didn’t know why. A self that I had been running from for most of my life, an image of myself that I wanted to hide, a negative self- image that I projected onto the face of Sonny Liston. He was the “killing machine, an indomitable-if evil force, a brute, condemned to a life of trouble, and a person of questionable ways’, not me. But at the time there wasn’t any way for me to put my theory to the test. My theory was based entirely on my personal experiences with racism in America. The core of my book would be based on this premise. I was taking an incredible risk by basing my entire book on this idea. But for me, the race issue was the only explanation I could come up with for why the world was responding to both fighters so uncharacteristically. Racism was the only thing in my mind that actually made any sense. And on August 2, 2012 while doing my research on the Liston/Ali fights, I found this quote.
“Clay’s brashness did not endear him to white America, and in fact, made Liston a more sympathetic character; In the New Republic, the magazine’s Editor Murray Kempton (a future Pulitzer Prize- winner for distinguished commentary) wrote,” Liston used to be a hoodlum; now he is our cop, he was the big negro we pay to keep sassy Negroes in line.”
I was the first to use Sonny Liston in this political context of, race, Nation of Islam, Darwinism/ Charles Darwin, Malthus’ Essay, Aristotle, Muhammad Ali, Sport, FBI, Black Community, Racism in America. That is unique to my own experience. As the boxing business side of the Liston family.
My words and concepts are interchangeable. Whenever convenient, they just plugged them into their narrative structure.
BEAST: THE DECONSTRUCTION OF CHARLES SONNY LISTON
WAR OF WORDS
“I’m going to put him into shock”
LYNEL TEXT. Unfortunately for both Liston and Patterson, they would be swept up into the politics of the day and the picture that politics had painted for them was of two fighters, one good and one bad. Floyd Patterson would be the Prototype and Sonny Liston would be his antithesis. And those few in politics who wanted to control the many would force us not only as a nation but also as black people to make a choice between Floyd Patterson and Sonny Liston to be our hero. Like Pontius Pilate who told the crowd to choose between releasing Barabbas or Jesus, the Kennedy administration and the NAACP asked the crowed that same question and the crowed demanded the release of Floyd Patterson and said of Sonny Liston, “Crucify Him!”
PARIAH: THE LIVES AND DEATH OF SONNY LISTON
PROF. RANDY ROBERTS TEXT. Floyd Patterson VS Sonny Liston Fight. There are very few fights like it. Very few in boxing history. In boxing you always want a good guy and bad guy.
BEAST: THE DECONSTRUCTION OF CHARLES SONNY LISTON
LYNEL TEXT. We have to remember that the Civil Rights Act was not passed until 1964. And that America had had a long and successful history of creating the myths of heroes and anti-heroes, and the belief in the power of good over evil. Using the silent era of cinema as an example, especially the genre of the American Western, how did the audience react when the good guy came on screen? They cheered for him, and how were they able to identify who was the good guy and who was the bad guy? The bad guy always wore a black cowboy hat and the good guy always wore a white cowboy hat. Therefore, once we had determined who was good and who was bad, then we as the audience were ready for the narrator to begin our morality play. We now had our anti-hero and our hero. We were told through the telling of the story who would represent good and who would represent evil, all based on who wore which hat. We cheer for good because of our belief; the belief that good triumphs over evil. That is what religion has taught us to believe.
PARIAH: THE LIVES AND DEATHS OF SONNY LISTON
PROF. RANDY ROBERTS TEXT. In boxing your always want a good guy and bad guy. You want a black hat and a white hat. You want the white hat to win.
BEAST: THE DECONSTRUCTION OF CHARLES SONNY LISTON
LYNEL TEXT. But when we go to another silent Western with a different title and we find out that those same two actors that we saw in the last film are playing the leads in the new western, except the actor who was playing the bad guy in the last Western is now wearing the white hat. Through this process we realize over time that not only are the cowboy hats interchangeable but so is the telling of this story.
LYNEL GARDNER TEXT. But in the Championship fight between Max Schmeling, a German, and Joe Louis “The Brown Bomber”, the crowd was cheering for Joe Louis who was a Negro and booing the Aryan Max Schmeling. Did this hero worship switch have something to do with the fact that we were about to fight tyranny by going to war with Germany.  In the telling of this story Max Schmeling had the black hat and Joe Louis had the white hat.
PARIAH: THE LIVES AND DEATHS OF SONNY LISTON
PROF. RANDY ROBERTS TEXT.  Joe Louis VS Max Schmeling, representative of Democracy VS Nazi Fascism.  The Patterson/ Liston Fight, was the same thing, I mean it’s good VS Evil. Fight no, it was a morality play. When Liston goes into the ring figuratively wearing his black hat. He’s booed. It’s almost as if your in a movie. Sonny Liston was very comfortable for wearing the black hat by this time. He knew that was the only one he was going to wear. Then suddenly rumors appear that Cassius Clay has secretly joined the Nation of Islam. At this time, they are viewed as an anti-white hate organization.
Similar words BEAST/ PARIAH
Swept away, good and bad, good guy bad guy/good over evil/ silent era of cinema/ black cowboy hat/ white cowboy hat/ morality play/ anti-hero/ hero/ Max Schmelling/ German/ Joe Louis/Cheering booing/ Aryan/ hero/ fight tyranny/ Germany/ Democracy VS Nazi Fascism/ Patterson VS Liston/ Good VS Evil/ Morality play/ figuratively/ Cassius Clay/ Nation of Islam
BEAST: THE DECONSTRUCTION OF CHARLES SONNY LISTON
“ I’m the king of the world, I am the greatest, I’m Muhammad Ali, I shook up the world, I am the king of the world.”
LYNEL TEXT. One day I just started thinking; what in the world did these statements Cassius Clay was making have to do with boxing. I began asking myself what did Cassius Clay mean by saying “I’m the King of the world?” And why did he change his name to Muhammad Ali? There was a change occurring in society in the 1960s; some would call it a paradigm shift. And what is a paradigm shift but a change in the world view. It wasn’t just a “Black Power” movement happening in America at that time but there was a generational change occurring. A youth movement  occurring and every revolution throughout history begins with its youth.
PARIAH: THE LIVES AND DEATHS OF SONNY LISTON
PROF. RANDY ROBERTS TEXT. The  Liston Clay Fight in Miami in 1964 was a pivotal moment really in America history, America was changing. Changing in Fundamental ways. In November the President of the U.S. had been assassinated. The country had gone into a period of morning Then in February there was a glacial shift in American culture. In music the Beatles arrived from Great Britain Everybody recognized somethings changing. There’s a new wave coming in. Then you have this young brassy, a fighter like no other Cassius Clay. So the Liston Clay Fight has to be viewed in this continuum.
BEAST: THE DECONSTRUCTION OF CHARLES SONNY LISTON
LYNEL TEXT. Cassius Clay was young and he was articulate. Unlike Sonny Liston who came across as a bit shy , quiet and docile. Sonny gave black people an eerily reminder of a Stepin Fetchit or an Amos and Andy. Sonny’s public persona had a lot to do with his inability to read and write. Cassius Clay on the other hand, was young, irreverent, rebellious, vibrant and energetic.  Cassius Clay had an in-your-face attitude that was new, refreshing and in step with the times.
SIMILAR WORDS BEAST/ PARIAH
1. Fundamental ways/ Glacial Shift/Change/ New wave/ Paradigm shift / continuum are interchangeable words.
2. Brassy is interchangeable with irreverent, rebellious, vibrant and energetic.
BEAST: THE DECONSTRUCTION OF CHARLES SONNY LISTON
FROM CASSIUS CLAY TO MUHAMMAD ALI
“I’m not what you call me, I’m what I respond to.” (African Proverb)
LYNEL TEXT.  Cassius Clay and the Nation of Islam, and the leaders of the “Black Power” movement were secretly encoding messages to the American negro that we were not Negroes but Kings. That negroes were not only black but beautiful and that we could “float like butterflies and sting like bees.” We as people were declaring war on the infidels, a “jihad” and it was time to mobilize. History was about to repeat itself and another “Holy War” was about to begin; was bout to begin; this was going to be as the godfather of soul, James Brown, once put it, “The Big Payback” for the Europeans stopping the expansion of the Moorish Empire into Western Europe.
PARIAH: THE LIVES AND DEATHS OF SONNY LISTON
PROF. RANDY ROBERTS TEXT. Malcom X goes into Clays locker room and says to him. This is your cross and your crescent. Christianity VS the Nation of Islam. So he’ sure that this fight is going to be important. And sure enough he’s right.
SIMILAR WORDS AND MEANINGS PARIAH/ BEAST
1. Prof. Roberts. Cross and Crescent reference = Symbols of Christianity and Islam/ Crusades

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