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June 11, 2020

Watch Michael Landon Taking Stand against Racism in 'Little House on the Prairie’

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Social media users recently recalled an emotional episode from "Little House on the Prairie" that was dedicated to racism, and many applauded Michael Landon for speaking up against it.

Amid the ongoing protests against racism and police brutality, fans of the classic TV show, "Little House on the Prairie," recalled an episode from the series that tackled racial discrimination.

Michael Landon and son Christopher Landon sighted at Colony Market Food Store in Malibu, California | Photo: Getty Images

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Taking to social media, a twitter user shared a scene from the episode where Todd Bridges, who acted as Solomon, spoke about how life was different for him because of his color.

Solomon also revealed that he believed his dad's death was a result of racism, and the video wrapped up with him asking, "Would you rather be black and live to be 100, or white and live to be 50?"

Michael Landon poses with the People's Choice Award during a 1989 Beverly Hills, California, photo portrait session. | Photo: Getty Images

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While captioning the clip, the Twitter user addressed people who choose to pretend that white privilege isn't real. He also quoted Solomon's question while adding:

"Y'all already know which answer you'd choose, which says you understand white privilege just fine."

Michael Landon (1936 - 1991), in Hollywood, California, circa 1990 | Source: Getty Images

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The video garnered reactions from other twitter users who took to the comment section to leave their thoughts. One user wrote, "Wow—such a great way to put it. I grew up on that show. Thanks for sharing," while another added, "This is pretty deep!! I used to watch this show too," with several others, noting that the clip made them cry.

In a similar light, two scenes from another classic TV show, "Mister Rogers Neighborhood," stood out for social media users.

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"Little House on the Prairie" ran for nine years between 1974 to 1983 and featured stars such as Melissa Gilbert, Melissa Sue Anderson, and Michael Landon.

While Landon played the role of Charles Ingall, he also doubled as a director, and by the end of the show, he had directed 90 out of the 204 episodes that aired.

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In a similar light, two scenes from another classic TV show, "Mister Rogers Neighborhood," stood out for social media users amid the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement.

The first scene featured Rogers offering to share his towel with his black co-star, Francois Clemmons, as they placed their feet in a wading pool.

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Twenty-four years later, a similar episode was aired when Rogers beckoned Clemmons to join him in a pool where he was soaking his feet.

To many people across America, Roger's kindness was perceived as a symbol of rebellion against racism. In solidarity of his actions, a Twitter user wrote, "In a world where you can be anything, be a Mr. Rogers."

  

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