DAYTONA BEACH (CBSMiami/AP) — Hats emblazoned with Nazi symbols were sold at a stall during Biketoberfest, an ongoing festival that draws thousands of bikers to the Daytona Beach area this month.
The woman running the stall said she considered them a tribute to World War II veterans who helped defeat the Germans.READ MORE: CBS4 Exclusive: Support Beams At Dadeland Mall Parking Garage Alarms Shoppers
The vendor said she had sold the hats at other biker rallies around the country without complaint. The woman also sells rings, wallet chains and hats without Nazi logos.
“It doesn’t mean what people think,” said the vendor, who would only give her name as Jenny. “A lot of people don’t know the history, so they label me a racist, which is not true at all.”
Marvin Miller, president of the Jewish Federation of Volusia & Flagler Counties, expressed weary resignation about the items’ sale.READ MORE: Arrest Made After Social Media Threat Targets Marjory Stoneman Douglas High
“It’s just a shame in this day and age,” Miller told the News-Journal. “It never stops. We just have to deal with it and just remember that we’re still America. Unfortunately, people abuse some of the wonderful rights we have and take it to extremes to spread propaganda.”
Jonathan Davis, who posted a photo of the merchandise on Facebook last Thursday, said he thought that while Americans could disagree on their politics, there was agreement that Nazi imagery “had no place in society.”
“It’s absolutely disgusting to see a vendor selling Nazi and SS gear, but it’s even worse that the only reason they would do so is because people are actually buying it,” Davis said.
The owner of the property where Jenny was selling her goods ordered her to remove the Nazi merchandise and she complied.MORE NEWS: Florida Farmers Grapple With Transportation Problems
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