HALIFAX — A group of Nova Scotia residents is calling for the Confederate battle flag to be banned north of the U.S. border.
Nova Scotian Citizens Against White Supremacy said at an event Wednesday that displaying the controversial flag should be considered a hate crime. The group has started a petition urging all levels of government to take action.
“It is a universal symbol of racism. That is without doubt, and I think that there is no place for hate symbols, for symbols of white supremacy in Canada,” said Dalhousie University history professor and social activist Isaac Saney.
“The flag is not just a symbol, it had a material impact in society,” he told the rally, noting that it has been a symbol for proponents of slavery.
Event organizer Lynn Jones said she was shocked to see a Confederate flag painted on a pickup truck recently in her hometown of…
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