Biketoberfest: hats with Nazi symbols sparking outrage at Florida bike festival



Identified only as Jenny, the saleswoman told local media that the merchandise did not reflect racism on her part, saying the swastika hats were a tribute to WWII veterans and adding that their sale at other times. Biker gatherings had never triggered any claims. In addition, all of his merchandise did not contain Nazi images.

The Biketoberfest is a large annual gathering of bikers in the city which has hundreds of thousands of participants.

The items sold sparked a backlash from local Floridians, including Marvin Miller, president of the Jewish Federation of Volusia and Flagler Counties.

“It’s just a shame these days,” Miller told the News-Journal. “It never stops. We just have to face it and remember that we are still America. Unfortunately, people are abusing some of our wonderful rights and going to extremes to spread propaganda. “

A Nazi armband with a swastika on display at the Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin, Germany (credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Others also criticized the items being sold, such as SS armbands and other Nazi badges.

“It’s absolutely disgusting to see a seller selling Nazi and SS gear, but it’s even worse that the only reason they would do it is because people are buying them,” said visitor Jonathan Davis, who has took photos of the articles and shared them. Facebook, triggering outrage, according to the News-Journal.

The items were sold at a stall on the back deck of a local bar called Froggy’s, although the bar owner later removed them.

“I’m also upset,” owner Bobby Honeycutt said on Friday, saying he first heard about the situation after the Facebook post, the News-Journal reported. “This is not who I am. This is not our way of thinking at Froggy’s. I rent a space to sellers, that’s all. If I find that they are doing something wrong, I stop it.

Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry added a voice to the criticism.

“Needless to say, it’s disgusting and it’s not something we welcome and want in our city,” Henry said, according to the News-Journal.

“I believe in the rights of the First Amendment and I want to make sure that we don’t infringe on someone’s rights. But it’s morally wrong for anyone to want to sell this.”



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