NYC Cabbie: Let Me Wear My Nazi Armband

But city's taxi commission suspends him for a month
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2014 12:30 PM CDT
New York City taxis pass through Times Square.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – A New York City taxi driver has been suspended for a month for proudly wearing a Nazi armband while tooling around the city, but Gabriel Diaz thinks he's getting a raw deal. "I'm a Nationalist Socialist, what you guys call a Nazi," the 26-year-old tells CBS Local. "I don’t hate Jews. I’m critical of them, but I don’t hate them. That doesn’t mean that I’m anti-Semitic." The city's Taxi and Limousine Commission took action after getting multiple complaints about Diaz, who promises to grudgingly oblige by leaving his swastika home when he returns to work.

"There’s a lot of crybabies out there in Manhattan, a lot of liberal crybabies, who cry every time they see a symbol of hate,” he tells the Daily News. Diaz spouts the usual stuff about the Holocaust being a fabrication, Hitler being an OK guy, and people of different races keeping their distance from each other. But the latter raises a point that both stories address: Diaz is Dominican and thus not your typical-looking Nazi supporter. No big deal, he says. “Who says you have to be white to be a National Socialist?"

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