Home Depot ripped for shaming employees for ‘white privilege’

A Canadian branch of The Home Depot sparked outrage after it issued a notice to employees about the benefits of ‘white privilege’ and included a checklist for those who are ‘white, male, Christian, cisgender, able-bodied and heterosexual’.

The notice, titled “Best Practices — Unpacking Privilege,” was posted in the employee lounge of a Home Depot in Calgary, Alberta.

A spokeswoman for Home Depot’s U.S. headquarters confirmed to the Post that the white lien notice came from its Canadian division. She said it had not been approved by the company’s diversity and inclusion department. The flyer had a Home Depot logo at the top.

Canadian personnel who apparently received the learning materials were encouraged to recognize “the societal privileges that benefit white people beyond what people of color commonly experience in the same social, political and economic circumstances.”

Workers at the Home Depot branch were also asked to discuss their “white privilege” while being told that “the word ‘white’ creates unease – especially when individuals are not used to being defined or described by their race”.

Are you hoping to celebrate Christmas? The flyer says, “If you can expect to take time off work to celebrate your religious holidays, you have Christian privilege.

Staff members were also told in the notice that ‘if you believe the police exist to protect you, you have white privilege’.

People were asked to tick a box to determine what “privileges” they had. The choices were: White, Male, Classy, ​​Christian, Cisgender, Able-bodied, and Heterosexual.

It’s unclear if the information packet was merely informational, or if it was part of a group learning exercise – or if Canadian employees actually had to fill in the lien forms and turn them into management. The Home Depot’s U.S. spokeswoman told the Post that the information was not officially sanctioned as “part of required company-wide training.”

The notice was not approved by Home Depot’s US headquarters, the Post has learned.
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The spokeswoman did not immediately specify whether the information had been interrupted in its Canadian division.

Some of the package privilege warnings:

  • “If growing up college was an expectation for you, not a dream, you have class privilege.”
  • “If you can use a public restroom without stares, fear or anxiety, you have cisgender privilege.”
  • “If you don’t have to worry about how to enter a store, you have the privilege of able-bodied people.”
  • “If you don’t have to explain that your spouse is the same sex, you have heterosexual privilege.”

The company does not require the content of the notice to be taught as part of its diversity and inclusion initiative, a source familiar with the matter told The Post.

Some conservatives and free speech advocates have denounced attempts by corporations and colleges to impose “woke” indoctrination.

“Imagine how messed up people must be before some big company decides to post this and their break room,” one user tweeted. Still, others said they thought it was “incredible” that Home Depot was addressing white privilege and other issues.

New York Post

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