(New York, NY) – A New York City cab driver has been suspended for a month by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), and he’s goose-stepping mad about it.
Gabriel Diaz, 26, was caught wearing a Nazi armband while driving his cab and picking up fares. While it isn’t illegal in New York to wear a Nazi armband, it is against TLC rules, hence the suspension.
Additionally, Diaz singled out the fares he would take by “looking for people who hailed a taxi with the traditional Nazi salute,” said a TLC spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity. “While it isn’t illegal to issue Nazi salutes in New York, it is against TLC policy to select passengers by race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, or preference of homicidal doctrine.”
Rumors of Diaz asking for his fares to be paid in Reichsmarks could not be substantiated at press time.
Diaz gleefully admitted to being a “National Socialist” to news crews standing in front of his house in the Bronx, happily saying he’s “a believer” of the Nazi way.
When reporters pointed out that wearing the armband was tantamount to being an anti-Semite, Diaz disagreed.
“I don’t hate Jews,” said Diaz, speaking on condition of anonymity. “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.”
“Actually, it does,” said a spokesman for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), speaking on condition of anonymity. “Wearing a Nazi symbol means you’re an anti-Semite. How can any rational person think otherwise?
Diaz also claimed his non-Aryan background does not preclude him from being a Hitler fan and follower.
“Who says you have to be white to be a National Socialist?” he asked reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity. “You don’t have to be white, it can be anybody.”
“The irony is that Diaz is supporting a hateful doctrine that goes against his ethnic background,” said a Rutgers University history professor, speaking on condition of anonymity. “The Nazis were all about Aryan racial purity. And if Hitler had gotten his hands on Diaz, he probably would have died on the way to Auschwitz.”
Not surprisingly, Diaz does have some supporters. New Jersey neo-Nazi Heath Campbell cautiously voiced support for Diaz. In 2008, Campbell gained notoriety when he tried to get a birthday cake for his three-year-old inscribed with “Happy Birthday Hitler.” His son’s legal name was Adolf Hitler Campbell.
“He’s glad Diaz is embracing the Nazi way,” said a Campbell spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity. “However, he isn’t a racially pure Aryan, so Mr. Campbell would probably be compelled to exterminate Diaz in the most disgusting manner possible. But no hard feelings!”
The Justice Department (DOJ) is investigating to see if any Federal charges can be levied against Diaz.