Home Depot’s Privilege Unboxing Guide Goes Viral [PHOTOS]

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A Home Depot store in Hyattsville, Maryland in February 2022.

Photos showing Unpacking Privilege training guides with the Home Depot logo in the corner have been circulating on Twitter and have quickly gone viral on social media. Home Depot has confirmed the photos are authentic but will only be used in Canada and are not part of any required training program, MarketWatch reported. Here’s what we know about the guide, along with photos of both sides in the Leadership Practices guide.

Heavy has reached out to Home Depot for comment.


The photos were first shared by a Twitter user in Canada

The two-page guide is headed “Leading Practices” with the subtitle “Unbox Privilege” and the Home Depot logo in the top corner. The photos were posted by the LLB on Twitter, who wrote that they were shared by “a friend who works at Home Depot.” LLB’s Twitter bio says they are based in Calgary, Alberta.

LLB disagreed with the posters, but reaction when they went viral on Twitter was mixed. Some disagreed with the posters, while others said there was nothing wrong with that and the guide was actually helpful.

A Twitter user named Vicky replied to LLB and wrote, “Why is it garbage? I worked briefly in a large department store and something like this would have been useful, especially for some of the managers.”

Someone responded and asked LLB, “Is that true?” to which they replied, “Yes,” but didn’t provide any additional details.

A conservative opinion piece published in the Western Standard reported that the guide was seen in a Home Depot staff room in Calgary. However, the publication also noted that Home Depot stores had not responded to their inquiries.

Below are the photos shared by @LLB24693515 on Twitter. Many of the viral posts only show the first page. The guide begins by defining two examples of privilege: social privilege and white privilege. It’s about how people can have privilege when they’re “sure the police exist to protect you,” being expected to go to college, get time off for their religion’s holidays, a public toilet without Being able to use fear, not having to worry about getting into a story, or never having to explain that their spouse is the same sex. The guide goes on to list different types of privilege, including white, male, class, Christian, cisgender, able-bodied, and straight. Racism and racial prejudice are then described.

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The second page, which wasn’t as widely shared, is about talking about white privilege and why it can be awkward. The guide states, “White privilege doesn’t have a hard life. It just means that the color of your skin isn’t one of the reasons that makes it more difficult.”

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Bev on Twitter replied to the original post, To write, “Wow, weird 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.”


Many people on social media said they hadn’t seen the guide, but Home Depot confirmed they were authentic

While the guide was shared across numerous Reddit groups, Home Depot employees posted that they hadn’t seen it in person. For example, on the Home Depot subreddit, no one claimed to have seen the guide where they worked. One person wrote: “I don’t remember seeing this in my work package when I was hired last year.” Another person replied: “I didn’t even see it 2 years ago when I was hired.”

Another person in the US wrote: “Pretty sure this is fake. I’m the training coach on my team and I’ve never seen or heard of this. We’ve had a massive hiring surge in the last month or so. Had 3 new hires on my small team in the last 2 months, they also never mentioned seeing anything like this. They or maybe a business run rogues and distribute this stuff without the company’s permission. They later realized that they could not speak for Canadian business, however.

However, Home Depot confirmed to MarketWatch that the photos are authentic but limited to the Canadian division. They also said it was not part of any required training.

They told MarketWatch: “While we fully support diversity at our company, this material was not created or approved by our corporate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion department. This was a resource within our Canadian division and not part of any required programming.”


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Ethan Gach

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