White privilege does not mean that your life isn’t hard, and it does not mean that you’re racist. It’s the idea that your life isn’t harder because of the color of your skin.
One thing that needs to be understood is that being called privileged isn’t an insult, it’s a fact. Everyone is privileged in one way or another. Whether it be race, sexuality, gender, or financial stability, everyone has some level of privilege and that’s not a bad thing.
The issue is denying your privilege, or not using it to stand up for others. We are all given a platform from birth, the more privileged you are, the bigger your platform. If you do not use this platform to speak up for others who don’t have the same opportunities as you, you are abusing that privilege.
For example, if you have the privilege of being male, you still need to fight for women’s rights. If you have the privilege of being straight and cisgender, you need to fight for LGBT+ rights. Just because injustice isn’t affecting you personally, does not mean you can sit idly by and let it continue.
This is exactly the same for white privilege. Denying it doesn't help, and ignoring it doesn’t help. We all have the ability to use our privilege for good.
In the words of Emma Lazarus, “Until we are all free, we are none of us free.”
The fight is far from over, and we can not stop standing up for others’ rights.