A local group says the displaying of the Confederate flag in a Hamilton restaurant amounts to a hate crime.
The Community Coalition Against Racism plans to ask Hamilton Police Friday to lay hate crime related charges against the proprietor of the Hillbilly Heaven restaurant.
The food outlet has the controversial flag as its downtown storefront logo.
The coalition calls the flag a symbol of hatred of people of colour and a glorification of the ideology of white supremacy.
The group likens the flag to the use of the Nazi swastika in grafitti, which is logged as a hate crime by city police.
The coalition claims the owner of the restaurant is seeking to profit from racism.
The Confederate flag flap has forced a food truck in Hamilton to change its look.
The owner of the Dirty South food truck says the Confederate flag on his truck "was never meant to be offensive."
Brett Liersch says the truck's decals were an homage to the General Lee, the muscle car made famous in the Dukes of Hazzard television show.
Liersch told CHML's Matt Holmes Show, he doesn't want to draw any negative attention to the local businesses that allow them to park on their property or any events they attend throughout the year.
He says the flag is being removed from his truck.