New York City cab driver Gabriel Diaz has been suspended for wearing a Nazi swastika armband on the job.
“Of course people would curse me out, but I kept on moving,” Diaz told the New York Post. “People would say ‘f— you Nazi!’, typical stuff."
However, several New Yorkers took pictures and turned the cabbie into the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC).
The ADL sent a letter to the TLC in April:
We are extremely disturbed by this provocative and offensive display and call upon the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission to investigate this matter and take appropriate action as soon as possible.
The TLC investigated Diaz and suspended his license for 30 days beginning on May 9.
According to The Gothamist, Evan Bernstein, the ADL's New York Regional Director, said in a statement: "In disciplining the driver, the TLC sends a powerful message that such a vehement demonstration of hate is unacceptable, and that there are consequences for those who seek to intimidate others."
Diaz told the New York Post that he won't wear the Nazi armband anymore because of “liberal crybabies."
“If a Muslim can drive a cab wearing a turban, if a homosexual can walk around with a big flag, a rainbow flag, why can’t a person like me wear a Nazi armband?” added Diaz. “I’m expressing my First Amendment right. We’ve been told lies about Hitler. We believe in racial separation and racial differences.”
Diaz reportedly told a Jewish New York Post photographer wearing a yarmulke, “Nothing against you people, I’m not anti-Semitic. Why don’t you tolerate my views?”
Sources: New York Post and The Gothamist