New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has called on the American people to boycott “Nazi-related items” because they are “racist and hate words.”
De Blasio told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he wants to “put a stop to all the hate and violence and discrimination” he said is taking place across the country.
The mayor called for “a boycott of Nazi-related products and brands” because of the “hateful” rhetoric being displayed by a number of individuals.
“This is about a lot of people who have been saying these words and are using them to incite hate and to incite violence,” de Blasio said.
“It’s not about the hat, it’s about the people who use these words.”
“It is also important to say that hate speech has no place in a democracy,” he added.
De Blasio has been vocal about the racist language that’s been spewed across the political aisle and the rise of the alt-right, which has grown in prominence in the last few years.
He’s also been outspoken about his support for former President Donald Trump’s administration in office.
DeBlasio has been in the headlines since his appointment last month as mayor in the wake of the deadly shooting of Laquan McDonald in New York, a black teenager who was shot in the head by a white police officer in 2014.
He said he wants the city to become a more inclusive place for everyone, and in his inaugural address, he vowed to bring more diversity to the city, which he described as “the land of the free.”
DeBlasso was sworn in on January 20, and the next day he met with police chiefs and elected officials in New Haven, Connecticut, about a week after McDonald’s death.
DeBasso, who was previously the head of the New York Police Department, was criticized for not speaking up sooner.
The mayor has said he doesn’t think the city needs a new commissioner to lead the department.
Deblasio has said that the “new commissioner is the right person to lead” and has promised to make changes in the department, which is in the process of transitioning from an all-white force to a more diverse force.