Chris Rock on Matters of Race and Presidency

By Malena Amusa Mar 16, 2007

Here’s what racial and political comic Chris Rock, who’s in tnews for his new movie: "I Think I Love My Wife," had to say about America’s race for presidency:

LIFE: In the first movie you directed, Head of State, you were president of the United States. Is this country ready for an African American president? ROCK: It’s ready for a retarded president, why wouldn’t it be ready for an African American president? LIFE: So, of the current presidential contenders, who do you like best? ROCK: I like Al Gore, actually. (A) He’s more qualified than everyone that’s running on the Democratic side. (B) If he won or didn’t win, he has an agenda to help people and make this a better world. … Maybe Barack will win, but I probably won’t see a black president. There’s real equality when you don’t notice [race], you don’t even talk about it. I probably won’t live to see that.

Wait. Rock. Last time I checked, Gore passed on running for president. And since when is making race invisible the same as equality?