A New York City cab driver was recently suspended by the Taxi and Limousine Commission for wearing a Nazi armband while driving his cab, a practice he believes is his right. "I'm a National Socialist — what you guys call a Nazi," he told CBS New York. "I am. I'm a believer of it."
Multiple photos of the cab driver, Gabriel Diaz, wearing his Nazi armband were sent to the Anti-Defamation League and to the Taxi and Limousine Commission, which sparked the investigation that lead to his 30-day suspension. Diaz told CBS that he knew the symbol would offend people, but that he was not anti-Semitic:
"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."
Uh...huh. (CBS went on to ask Diaz if he understood that Nazis, far from idly "critical," actually killed six million Jews. He had no comment.)
Evan Bernstein, of the Anti-Defamation League, said that the Taxi and Limousine Commission responded right away when they came to them, adding, "Their course of action, we felt, was really appropriate and expedient." He said that he hopes Diaz realizes that he was wrong and learns from his mistake.
When asked if he was sorry for wearing the armband, Diaz said, "It pains me that I have to apologize. You know, it pains me. I don't want to apologize." CBS then states that he went on to make remarks about gays and Muslims.
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