Black cabbie with swastika armband: ‘Don’t have to be white to be National Socialist’

Black cabbie with swastika armband: ‘Don’t have to be white to be National Socialist’

[Ed. – Another entry in the “Can’t make this stuff up” sweepstakes.]

A New York City cab driver insisted Friday that it is his right, hands down, to wear a Nazi armband – even if the Taxi and Limousine Commission says otherwise.

As CBS 2’s Lou Young reported Friday evening, Gabriel Diaz, 26, spoke outside of his family’s home in the Throggs Neck section of the Bronx, after he was suspended for wearing a swastika while driving the cab.

“I am. I’m a National Socialist – what you guys call a Nazi. I am. I’m a believer of it,” Diaz said. …

Diaz told Young he knew the symbol would offend some people, but denied being 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,” 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.”

When Young asked Diaz whether he knew 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazis, Diaz replied, “I have no comment on that right now.”

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