The idea that Sonny Liston “is a brute, inside and outside the ring.” And some writers even claim that Sonny was a rapist, is a racist trope. Invented by “Negrophobic” writers of the mid 19th and 21st Century.

https://www.ferris.edu/jimcrow/brute/

https://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/news/jimcrow/brute/brute-image-gallery-01.htm

https://www.thoughtco.com/ida-b-wells-basics-1773408

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