Home Depot faces criticism for alleged “unboxing privilege” policies

A purported Home Depot policy titled “Leading Practices: Unpacking Privilege” has been making the rounds on social media. Western standard reports.

The image circulated on Twitter and caught the attention of Canadian clinical psychologist and author Dr. Jordan Peterson, which caused a huge debate on the internet.

We break down everything we know about the report.

An image of a woman holding a cell phone in front of the Home Depot logo displayed on a computer screen. On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Alleged “unboxing privilege” from Home Depot

Home Depot has been criticized by social media users for an alleged “unpack privilege” policy from a staff room at a store in Calgary, Alberta.

The picturereports Western Standard, allegedly encouraging the company’s employees to talk to each other about “white privilege” and “social privilege.”

acc the drainOther items in the alleged document include “class privilege,” “cisgender privilege,” and “Christian privilege.”

While privilege is often discussed in schools and in the media, some Twitter users have criticized the tick in the alleged document. Allegedly, employees are asked to vote their privilege “white, male, class, Christian, cisgender, able-bodied, and straight.”

HITC has reached out to Home Depot Canada and Home Depot US for comment.

The picture was taken by Canadian author Dr. Jordan Peterson reposted after it was trending on Twitter.

He re-tweeted it with his own reply, which reads, “Welcome to the Home Depot commissariat. How can our capitalist corporations be so blind to their own interests?”

The alleged policy has opened the door to debate on Twitter. While many have criticized the company, some people have defended Home Depot for having these kinds of conversations with its employees.

“I really appreciate @HomeDepot having this conversation with their staff. Or at least they make you think about the privilege that millions are experiencing, but often aren’t even aware of.” tweeted a user.

Another Twitter user commented: “It makes a lot of sense for Home Depot to support this knowledge for its employees. They are a 100% customer-centric organization. If you understand these ideas, I guarantee they will provide better customer service to a multitude of “unprivileged” people shopping in the store.”

Someone else added: “Wow, strange how this information takes you out of your comfort zone. I found it interesting to read and thought provoking. It is sad that the thought of learning something that contradicts your own thoughts can trigger such negative emotions and comments.”

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