Gabriel Diaz might not look the part of an Aryan Nazi fighting for the master race, but don’t let appearances fool you — he’s an out and proud National Socialist.
“I am. I’m a National Socialist – what you guys call a Nazi. I am. I’m a believer of it,” the New York City-based cab driver told CBS New York.
And he doesn’t just tell the media about his beliefs. He likes to wear a swastika armband while on the job driving around local citizens. This hasn’t pleased his bosses and he is currently suspended after numerous complaints about his armband were filed with the Taxi and Limousine Commission and the Anti-Defamation League.
But this cabbie, who is of Dominican-background, offers no genuine apologies for his armband or his beliefs, and is rather displeased with having to say sorry for his actions.
“If a Muslim can drive a cab wearing a turban, if a homosexual can walk around with a big rainbow flag, why can’t a person like me wear a Nazi armband?” Diaz explained to the New York Daily News.
“It pains me that I have to apologize. You know, it pains me. I don’t want to apologize,” Diaz said.
It is not illegal to wear a Nazi armband in public, but it is against TLC’s well-detailed rules for taxi cab driver behavior.
Diaz went on to further discuss his beliefs with the local CBS affiliate and explained how he happens to be a Nazi, despite not being white.
“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.”
There’s no word yet if he plans to wear full Stormtrooper gear when he returns back to serving the good people of New York.