The Home Depot became the subject of controversy online this week over an employee training pamphlet found at a Canadian location that was leaked on social media, sparking accusations that the company has gone “woke.”
The flyer that was reportedly posted in a break room at a Calgary, Alberta, Home Depot showed the home improvement giant’s logo and was titled, “Leading Practices: Unpacking Privilege.” It asks employees to literally “check” their “privilege,” whether it be “white privilege,” class privilege,” “Christian privilege,” “cisgender privilege,” “able-bodied privilege,” or “heterosexual privilege.”
The two-pager goes on to encourage workers to discuss white privilege and race with their colleagues, and offers tips on how to do so.
Debate raged for days after the document was posted to Twitter on Sunday, and by Wednesday the words “Home Depot” were trending on the platform.
On one side of the debate, critics slammed Home Depot over the flyer.
“I came for a hammer and some mulch, not a woke eduction,” one individual tweeted. “Get in your lane Home Depot.”
On the other side, people defended the training about privilege and said that people criticizing it were “the problem.”
One person wrote, “Imagine thinking a company helping their staff think about things from multiple different perspectives, growing empathy for their fellow humans, is something to get upset about.”
On Wednesday, the company responded to the furor and said that the worksheet came from its Canadian division and that it had been unauthorized.
“While we fully support diversity across our company, this material was not created or approved by our corporate diversity, equity and inclusion department. This was a resource in our Canadian division and not part of any required programming,” read the statement from Home Depot.
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