PREACH IT! Kanye West is sorry again -- this time for pulling the ‘race card’ on George W. Bush


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Kanye West has apologized for a thing or two in recent months. Still, the rapper is generally not known for his contrition. Now — in this new era of anti-bullying PSAs and a kinder, gentler Perez Hilton and even a slightly more civilized Keith Olbermann — West appears to be jumping on the compassion bandwagon.


West, who famously called George W. Bush a bigot following the president’s lack of response to Hurricane Katrina, now seems to regret that stance. And not, apparently, because Bush has aired his disgust over West’s accusation in a new memoir.

In ‘Decision Points,’ Bush remembers bristling after West declared that the president ‘doesn’t care about black people.’ But during a visit to a Houston radio station this week, West requested a take-back, saying a certain debacle involving one Taylor Swift has made him see things differently.

‘I definitely can understand the way he feels to be accused of being a racist in any way because the same thing happened to me when I got accused of being racist,’ West said. ‘With both situations,

it was basically a lack of compassion that America saw in that situation. With him, it was a lack of compassion with him not rushing, you know, him not taking the time to rush down to New Orleans. With me, it was a lack of compassion of cutting someone off in their moment. ‘But nonetheless, you know, I think we’re all quick to pull a race card in America.’

West is still willing to pull some cards, of course; this is the same rapper who recently accused Wal-Mart of banning his latest cover art. But still, West’s deck of outrage appears to be a little thinner — at least this week.

— Leslie Gornstein

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