Taxi Driver Upset Over Being Suspended For Being A National Socialist (VIDEO)

A national socialist cab driver from New York is upset after being suspended for wearing a swastika armband while working.

In an interview with CBS, Gabriel Diaz said, “I am. I’m a National Socialist – what you guys call a Nazi. I am. I’m a believer of it.” While declining to offer specifics on his philosophy or to extrapolate on Hitler and the killing of the Jews, Diaz claims he has a right to voice his opinion.

“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. That don’t make me a hater,” Diaz said. “Who says you have to be white to be a National Socialist? You don’t have to be white, it can be anybody.”

The Taxi Limousine Commission began an investigation when the Anti-Defamation league received photos of Diaz wearing his armband while driving. It’s not illegal to wear a swastika in public, but the TLC has rules against it while working for them as a driver. Diaz was suspended for 30 days.

On a side note, it is illegal to be a member of the Nazi party in the country of Germany.




Extended interview with Diaz

 

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  • Layla Godey
    May 19, 2014, 2:09 pm

    It should be up to the owner of the cab/cab company as to whether he wears a swastika on the job. If it’s against the “best interests of the public” to wear it on the job, then it’s against the “best interests of the public” to wear it any other time, as well, isn’t it? Yet, it’s a free speech issue. Who is the TLC (makes me think of The Learning Channel) and how are they allowed to regulate free speech?

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  • DanInAustin
    May 19, 2014, 2:20 pm

    Since when can the govt tell you which party you can belong to? If it was the taxi company it would be ok but the taxi limousine commission is a govt organization. The guy is an idiot but that doesn’t give the govt the right to do what it did.

    Probably time for him to lawyer up.

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  • Dustin
    May 19, 2014, 3:05 pm

    It’s one thing to be a national socialist. It’s quite another to be a Nazi. I don’t think the man seriously means to say that he is a Nazi, and I think the reporters are misrepresenting him when they say things like “the cabbie who hails Hitler” or ask him questions like “You know 6 million Jews were killed, right”? This is guilt by association, obviously.

    That said, he ought to be cautious about the symbols he chooses to wear to express his ideas, especially since he does not appear to “hail Hitler” or harbor other Nazi ideals. Nazi Germany’s swastika expresses a great deal more than just national socialism.

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  • LibertarianX
    May 19, 2014, 5:33 pm

    More mob rule. “We don’t like your opinion so you can’t work” destroys the idea of free speach. You cannot have a free society without tollerence of differing views.

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  • Allan Herrera@LibertarianX
    May 19, 2014, 11:07 pm

    The first amendment protects you from government; not your employer. If your employer says you can’t wear a swastika on the job then you can’t wear a swastika on the job. This doesn’t mean the government is oppressing you.

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