Thug vs Philanthropist: After watching the SHOWTIME special, “PARIAH: THE LIVES AND DEATHS OF SONNY LISTON”. You probably think that this photo is from Las Vegas Police officer Larry Gandy’s drug bust of Sonny Liston. No, nothing as exciting as that. Sonny is just doing what he always did. And that was to give food and clothing, to the poor and the needy. And yes, he gave to poor white folk. Love for others has no color. Sonny was well known for being extremely generous toward others.