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Making Sweets Less Sour: The Debate Over the Use of Offensive Terminology in Soft Ice Cream with Chocolate Coating


Feb 11, 2024
Is calling soft ice cream with chocolate “ice cream ear” racist?

In recent years, there has been a heated debate in Leipzig about the use of terminology in certain desserts. While there is no denying the popularity of classics like Lumumba and gypsy schnitzel, now an argument has arisen over soft ice cream with chocolate coating.

Left-wing politician Oliver Gebhardt has taken a strong stance against the dish commonly known as “Eismohr,” calling for it to be banned due to its “racist” nature. The term “Moor” was once used as a derogatory word for black people during colonial times, and although it is now considered outdated and discriminatory by the Duden dictionary, some places still use it out of tradition. Examples include “Mohrenkopf” (chocolate kiss) and “Mohr im Shirt” (Austrian cake with cream).

The trade fair currently taking place in Leipzig, “Haus Garten Freizeit,” has emphasized its rejection of racism and exclusion of minorities. As soon as they became aware that the term was being advertised on certain stands at the fair, immediate action was taken to remove any wording that could be viewed as critical. The organizers had no knowledge that the “Ice Ear” was being advertised at multiple stands, but are grateful for information brought to their attention so they can prevent violations of their humanistic worldview.

Despite this swift action from the organizers, some have questioned whether it’s enough to simply remove offensive language from advertising signs. It remains to be seen whether this will be enough to satisfy those who are advocating for a complete ban on this classic dessert. However, one thing is clear: this issue highlights the need for continued dialogue around racism and discrimination in all aspects of society, including food choices.

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