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Old 17 May 2014, 05:07 PM
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Driver Suspended Cabbie Insists He Has Right To Wear Nazi Armband

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.

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/05/...-nazi-armband/
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Old 17 May 2014, 05:49 PM
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Everywhere I have worked had a requirement that you could not display or wear clothing that made any religious of political statement. Wearing a cross pendant under your shirt is fine, but a large one in plane sights is not. A Swastika is definitely political in the West and religious in the East.

ETA: I do not know if the cab company has a rule like this. I would be surprised with they do not with they amount of interfacing with the public they do.
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Old 17 May 2014, 05:59 PM
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It seems odd to me though to have a government agency decree that one cannot pursue a trade solely on the basis of the symbolic displays one makes.
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Old 17 May 2014, 06:33 PM
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If I'm not mistaken, they are not saying he can't pursue his trade because of the symbol. He simply cannot wear it while working. From reading the article, it appears that several complaints were received. I work for a government organization, and there are many things I am not allowed to wear in the course of my work, though I am welcome to wear them on my own time. My agency is responsible for licensing also, and there are many things our licensees cannot do in the course their work, but as long as it's legal we don't restrict what they do when not working.
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Old 17 May 2014, 07:24 PM
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Swastikas are well established as not just political, but anti-Semitic, and anti-hate speech rules are very common among businesses in the US.
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He's absolutely right he has the right to wear it. Where is argument fails is the idea that his employer must employ him while he wears it.

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Old 19 May 2014, 07:04 PM
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To clarify, best I can tell it is not his employer (i.e. if he worked for Joe's Car Service), it is the local government agency that suspended his license.

I disagree with ATNM. I do not find it odd or offensive at all that a license to provide a public accommodation has rules such as this.

As others said, he can wear whatever he wants, but he cannot do so while driving a licensed cab.
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Old 19 May 2014, 07:48 PM
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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.”
No doubt true, but why would you want to be part of an organization that considers you to be of an inferior race?
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Because there's a race you consider even more inferior that is even more oppressed by that organization.

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