Suspended NYC Cabbie: "I’m A National Socialist—What You Guys Call A Nazi"

The Slatest
Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
May 17 2014 5:00 PM

Suspended NYC Cabbie: "I’m A National Socialist—What You Guys Call A Nazi"

When Slatest wrote about the New York City cab driver who was suspended after he was spotted wearing a Nazi armband, we said that one of the things that wasn’t clear is what he thought he was doing. Well, turns out it was quite simple—he was showing allegiance to the Nazis. CBS News managed to locate Gabriel Diaz and interviewed him outside his family’s home in the Bronx on Friday night. Diaz says it’s entirely within his rights to wear a Nazi armband, regardless of what the Taxi and Limousine Commission might say. And he didn’t try to backtrack. “I am. I’m a National Socialist—what you guys call a Nazi. I am. I’m a believer of it,” Diaz said.

Diaz isn’t white, but he doesn’t see that as an impediment to be a Nazi-believer. Reporter Lou Young asks Diaz whether he’s aware that “a real National Socialist wouldn’t have cared for you at all.”  But Diaz thinks Young is mistaken: “Who says you have to be white to be a National Socialist?” He went on to explain that “I don’t hate Jews. I’m critical of them, but I don’t hate them.” Diaz insists he didn’t mean to offend anyone and “I’m just expressing my First Amendment, freedom of expression,” adding that “if other people have the right to wear what they want to wear then why not a National Socialist?” Diaz also appears to put the Holocaust in doubt, saying that he doesn’t want to talk about “what allegedly happened” when Nazis, I’m sorry, National Socialists, were in power. Oh and he also believes “we’ve been told lies about Hitler our entire lives.”

Advertisement

Really National Socialists are just misunderstood: “the media portrays it as hate, but not to us, not to us.” He doesn't appear to be very fond of gays though, saying that if “homosexuals run around freely with the gay flag and the speedos … why can’t I say that I’m proud to be a Nazi, as you guys call it?” Charming fellow all around. 

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

The Irritating Confidante

John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.

My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s

Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee

Culturebox

The Simpsons World App Is Finally Here

I feel like a kid in some kind of store.

Technology

Driving in Circles

The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.

The Difference Between Being a Hero and an Altruist

How Punctual Are Germans?

  News & Politics
Politics
Oct. 22 2014 12:44 AM We Need More Ben Bradlees His relationship with John F. Kennedy shows what’s missing from today’s Washington journalism.
  Business
Moneybox
Oct. 21 2014 5:57 PM Soda and Fries Have Lost Their Charm for Both Consumers and Investors
  Life
Outward
Oct. 22 2014 10:37 AM Judge Upholds Puerto Rico’s Gay Marriage Ban in a Comically Inane Opinion
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 22 2014 10:00 AM On the Internet, Men Are Called Names. Women Are Stalked and Sexually Harassed.
  Slate Plus
Working
Oct. 22 2014 6:00 AM Why It’s OK to Ask People What They Do David Plotz talks to two junior staffers about the lessons of Working.
  Arts
Culturebox
Oct. 22 2014 9:54 AM The Simpsons World App Is Finally Here I feel like a kid in some kind of store.
  Technology
Technology
Oct. 22 2014 10:29 AM Apple TV Could Still Work Here’s how Apple can fix its living-room product.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 22 2014 10:30 AM Monster Sunspot Will Make Thursday’s Eclipse That Much Cooler
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.