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.