Kanye West has responded to George W. Bush’s admission that the rapper’s “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” diss was the worst point of his presidency.
West accused Bush of not caring about black people during the Hurricane Katrina telethon in 2005.
“It was one of the most disgusting moments in my Presidency,” says Bush during an interview with Matt Lauer, to be broadcast next week.
West has now piped up about the former president’s comments.
During a phone interview for a Houston radio station, West said, “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, where I got accused of being a racist.”
He adds: “For both situations, it was basically a lack of compassion that America felt in that situation. With him, it was a lack of compassion of him not rushing, him not taking the time to rush down to New Orleans. For me, it was a lack of compassion of cutting someone off in their moment.
“But nonetheless, I think we’re all quick to pull a race card in America. And now I’m more open, and the poetic justice that I feel, to have went through the same thing that he went [through] — and now I really more connect with him on just a humanitarian level.”
Listen to Kanye’s radio interview here.