Turns out the guy behind the infamous epitome of white conservative racism is in fact not white and not conservative. He's actually an 20-year-old American born Pakistani living in Chicago who said if he had to support a politician it would be Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich.
So why did a bored college student create the controversial image of his fellow Chicagoan?
After Obama was elected, you had all of these people who basically
saw him as the second coming of Christ," Alkhateeb said. "From my
perspective, there wasn't much substance to him."
While he finds much of the liberal criticism hypocritical, he did not add the "Socialism" tag.
He's honored by Shepard Fairey's
assessment of his Joker picture, but disagrees with some of Fairey's
comments criticizing the message of the Socialism poster.
"He made a picture of Bush as a vampire," Alkhateeb said about Fairey. "That's kind of speaking with two faces."
Regardless, Alkhateeb does agree with the Obama "Hope" artist about "socialism"
being the wrong caption for the Joker image. "It really doesn't make
any sense to me at all," he said. "To accuse him of being a socialist
is really … immature. First of all, who said being a socialist is
This leaves the left in a quandary of its own creation. It has declared the image racist, end of story. Supposedly because of the white make-up on a black President, it must be racist. Nevermind the fact that if the image had left off the make-up and only had the mutilated face, the left would be saying the poster called for conservatives to knife up the President.
Yet Alkhateeb, per his racial and political makeup, is absolved from any charge of racism according to the left. How can they continue the racist right meme? HotAir has a theory:
Perhaps the nefarious right-wing “climate of hate” seeped into the poor lad’s mind and had him do its bidding subconsciously.
Behold the dark Rovian powers. But if we can do that, why didn't we just win the election? Apparently, we have the power, but lack common sense to use it effectively. Quick, someone get Karl Rove a copy of the 100 Rules for Evil Overlords, particularly 40: "I will be neither chivalrous nor sporting. If I have an unstoppable superweapon, I will use it as early and as often as possible instead of keeping it in reserve."