Home Depot, the construction goods store known for its lengthy aisles and banger theme song, has become the center of controversy after an employee packet on the concept of "privilege" leaked online in a viral tweet.
From a friend that works at Home Depot, this is the kind of crap on display in the lunchroom pic.twitter.com/pFd0IkKlbY
— LLB (@LLB24693515) March 21, 2022
According to the New York Post, the packet was distributed by Home Depot's Canadian division, though "it hadn’t been approved by the company’s diversity and inclusion department." A spokeswoman told the paper "the information was not officially sanctioned as part of any required companywide training."
The packet outlines some very basic principles about the social concept of "privilege." For example, it notes that believing that police are working to "protect you" is an example of white privilege and that "expecting to have religious holidays off" is an example of "Christian privilege."
It's unclear why the packet was distributed to Home Depot employees and for what purpose. More clear is the reaction on social media, which was extremely divided down political lines, as some right-wing commenters bemoaned the company going "woke" while many left-wing commenters saw it as a positive step — causing the "unpacking privilege packet" to trend on Twitter today.
If this Home Depot privilege guide upsets you you’re the reason why it’s needed.
As a Black woman there are 4 privilege boxes I can check on this form which I have no problem acknowledging.
Those averse to this truth know and enjoy their privilege but don’t like it called out. pic.twitter.com/rycKo0AGrO
— Serious “W✊🏾KE” Black 😷 (@NicsuPR) March 23, 2022
Home Depot just hit a new low! Lowes is my new go to store. #boycottHomeDepot pic.twitter.com/EN7fcCECP9
— R L W (@MsMtnHm) March 22, 2022
The same group of reactionary people that bought plywood because home depot wasn’t woke or whatever pic.twitter.com/UdNwgex4aX
— Ivory (@ioIetsgo) March 23, 2022
Welcome to the commissariat at Home Depot. How can our capitalist corporations be so blind to their own interests? https://t.co/bEgK2VFcTg
— Dr Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) March 21, 2022
As of now, there is no word on if Ben Shapiro will return the plank of wood he bought from Home Depot last year to show his support for the company after it took an apolitical stance on Georgia's Voter ID laws.
Mar 23, 2022 at 02:05PM EDT
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