The Time Betty White Refused to Remove Black Dancer from Her Show in the 1950s

In a time where segregation was at the forefront of American issues, Betty White rejected attempts to keep a Black dancer off her show. 

The dancer, Arthur Duncan, was featured on “The Betty White Show” that aired in the 1950s. When she was encouraged to take him off because of the color of his skin, she politely declined.

“I’m sorry, but, you know, he stays,” White said, according to a PBS biography.

White died on Friday, just a few weeks shy of her 100th birthday, news that prompted a look back on a career that included advocacy on many fronts.

Duncan told Steve Harvey in 2017 that White gave him his first job on TV during the premiere of Harvey’s “Little Big Shots: Forever Young.”

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SOURCE: USA Today, Asha C. Gilbert