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Home Depot Canada Says It’s White Privilege To Think Police Protect You

Calgary, Alberta, CANADA – The U.S. headquarters of Home Depot is denying that the company approved a flyer posted in the employee breakroom of a store in Calgary about the benefits of “white privilege.”

The notice, which was topped with a Home Depot logo, was titled “Leading Practices — Unpacking privilege,” according to the New York Post.

Home Depot employees were encouraged to acknowledge “societal privileges that benefit white people beyond what is commonly experienced by people of colour under the same social, political, and economic circumstances.”

The flyer included definitions of “social privilege” and “white privilege” and a check list for those who are “white, male, Christian, cisgender, able-bodied, and heterosexual.”

Then the page went on to list “what privilege looks like” with several examples.

“If you’re confident the police exist to protect you, you have white privilege,” the Home Depot flyer read.

The flyer also attacked some religious traditions.

“If you can expect time off from work to celebrate your religious holidays, you have Christian privilege,” was yet another example offered.

The flyer went on to encourage employees to act as teachers for their co-workers who don’t get that they have white privilege.

A Home Depot spokeswoman told the New York Post that the materials were from its Canadian division and had not been approved by the company’s diversity and inclusion department.

It wasn’t clear if the flyer was part of training materials that were being used at Home Depot’s in Canada or if employees were required to fill out the forms and turn them in, but the corporate spokeswoman said the documents were not sanctioned.

“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,” the company said.

However, the spokeswoman could not confirm whether the materials were still being used in Home Depot’s Canadian locations, the New York Post reported.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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