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Country music singer Morgan Wallen apologizes for using racist language

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Country music star Morgan Wallen on Wednesday took to social media to issue a public apology regarding to his use of a racial slur last week.

“I’m long overdue to make a statement regarding my last incident,” he said in an Instagram video, which addresses his use of a racial slur during a night out with friends.

Wallen said he took a week to address the comments he made because he wanted time to reflect on his actions and seek guidance.

At the time of the comment he was on a “bender,” he said, adding, “that’s not something I’m proud of either.”

Wallen says he let people down, including his parents and his son, by carelessly using the slur.

He said that he accepted invitations by Black organizations and leaders to “engage in some very real and honest conversations.”

Wallen said he was nervous to accept those invitations, as they had every right to “step on his neck” and to “not show me any grace.” They did the exact opposite, he says. “They offered me grace.”

“That kindness really inspired me to dig deeper,” he added.

Wallen said that his experience over the past week has taught him that his words matter, and that hearing personal stories of people affected by racist language changed his perspective.

“I came away from those discussions with a deep appreciation of them,” he said.

Wallen ended his video by telling fans that since the video was taken nine days ago he’s been sober.

“It’s not that long of a time, but it’s long enough to know the man in that video is not the man I’m trying to be.”

Wallen concluded by asking that his fans not defend him over his actions.

“I was wrong. I fully accept any penalties I’m facing.”

In the wake of his comments, the country star was dropped from his record label and CMT.

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