In the city of Leipzig, a heated debate has emerged about a popular ice cream classic. The argument is centered on soft ice cream with a chocolate coating, which is commonly known as “Eismohr.” Left-wing politician Oliver Gebhardt has called for the dessert to be banned, claiming that it is “racist” and uses terminology that is “absolutely shocking and shameful.”
The term “Moor” was used as a derogatory term for black people during colonialism, and the Duden classifies the word as “outdated” and “discriminatory.” Despite years of debate, some places still use the term out of tradition, such as the controversial “Mohrenkopf” (chocolate kiss) or the “Mohr im Shirt” (Austrian cake with cream).
Over 750 dealers are currently exhibiting at the “Haus Garten Freizeit” trade fair in Leipzig. The soft ice cream name was found on the menu at several stands. The Leipzig Trade Fair and its exhibitors have emphasized their rejection of racism and exclusion of minorities. They took immediate action to remove any wording that could be viewed as critical once they became aware of it.
The organizers of the fair had no knowledge that the “Ice Ear” was being advertised at at least two stands. The spokeswoman for the Leipziger Messe stated that they cannot check every advertising sign, but are grateful for information in order to prevent violations of their humanistic worldview. Consequences were drawn immediately after information about the issue was brought to their attention, and the term was removed with immediate effect.