Having people from different cultures come together is a gift, not a burden. And although many parts of the world might seem like a multicultural paradise, people everywhere still face prejudice and racism on a daily basis.
Which is why Edeka, a grocery store in Germany, decided to empty their shelves of all foreign products for an entire day — because clearly, the best way to a person’s heart is through their stomach.
Signs reading “our range now knows borders” and “this shelf is pretty boring without diversity” were also littered throughout the store, and they couldn’t have been more accurate.
— Sven (@opendev) August 19, 2017
A representative from the store stated that “in our stores we sell numerous foods which are produced in the various regions of Germany. But only together with products from other countries it is possible to create the unique variety that our consumers value.”
For the most part, responses to Edeka’s initiative have all been positive; however, Sven Schmidt, an IT administrator who posted photos of the store to Twitter, noted that not everyone was thrilled about it.
“Looking at the mentions of hate and lack of understanding of other people I got, I’m happy that I posted [the pictures],” Schmidt said.
Individuals throughout world depend on one another for protection, support and food. And Edeka’s initiative really just puts that into a visual that everyone can understand.