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being white, cisgendered, and heterosexual does not mean you have never struggled or suffered or known hardship. obviously that’s not true, and obviously you can have a pretty shitty life and still be white, cisgendered, and heterosexual.

but here’s the thing: even if you have struggled or suffered or known hardship, you have never struggled or suffered or known hardship on the basis of your race, gender identity or sexual orientation. that doesn’t mean you’ve had it better or worse (though i would hazard you have had it better, since there are very few people who will outright murder you for being a fiscally challenged white kid). the word “privileged” doesn’t mean “materially wealthy” and it doesn’t apply universally. example: i’m white, and i’m cis, but im also queer and a woman and not that materially wealthy. this doesn’t mean i’m not privileged by my cis-ness and my whiteness. it also doesn’t mean that i don’t know the hardships that come along with being a queer woman without a lot of money. what it means is that i know certain hardships but i don’t know others — some of who i am entitles me to things that others do not or can not have, based on institutionalized systems of oppression of which i am inevitably a part. 

i understand that the word “privileged” carries certain connotations with it — material wealth, a carefree, happy-go-lucky lifestyle filled with candy and unicorns. but that’s not what privilege looks like. privilege is being able to go through life with the assumption that you will not be discriminated against for your race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. it’s being able to call the police or approach an authority figure without fear for your own safety. it’s being able to expect representation in all forms of media, and respect and understanding from your peers. “privilege” manifests in many, many ways, just as hardship does.

privilege doesn’t mean you have an easy life. it means you have certain attributes that give you an advantage over people who don’t. that isn’t your fault, and it isn’t something you need to feel guilty about having, but you need to be aware of it so that you aren’t ignorant to its affect on other people, and so that you’re aware of the fact that it is something special that you got and other people didn’t. your privilege comes at the cost of someone else. you didn’t ask for it, but that’s how it goes. you didn’t ask to be poor either, but that’s where you’re at — and do you think that someone with more money than you doesn’t have more power? more representation? more privilege?

being poor and living in an abusive household and being white, cis, and hetero are not things that are mutually exclusive. you can be all of those things. very few people are purely privileged. but thinking that you can’t be poor and possibly have advantages over someone who is a person of color, or trans, or queer is a mistake. that doesn’t mean you don’t have hard times. it doesn’t mean your struggles aren’t valid. but it does mean that they are not the struggles that other people have.

and that? is a privilege.

The Complete List of American Cities Where the KKK Is Known to Operate

Alabama

1. Pinson: International Keystone Knights of the KKK

2. Birmingham: Loyal White Knights of the KKK

3. Ashland: United Klans of America 

4. Red Bay: North Mississippi White Knights Of The Ku Klux Klan

Arkansas

5. Concord: Knights of the Klu Klux Klan

6. Harrison: Knights of the Klu Klux Klan

7. Little Rock: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

8. Vanndale: International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

9. Harrison: Soldiers Of the Cross Training Institute; Knights Party Veterans League

Colorado

10. Eckert: Loyal White Knights of the Klu Klux Klan

Florida

11. Fort Myers: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

12. Live Oak: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

13. Cape Coral: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

14. New Smyrna Beach: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

15. Christmas: Fort Christmas Knights Ku Klux Klan

Georgia

16. Rockledge: United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

17. Brunswick: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

18. Rochelle: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

19. Byron: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

20. Ellijay: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

21. Blairsville: International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

22. Young Harris: International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

23. Newnan: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Iowa

24. Ames: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Illinois

25. Chicago: United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

26. Eldorado: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

27. Lemont: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

28. Bloomington: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Indiana

29. West College Corner: United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

30. Elwood: International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

31. Monroe City: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

32. Kokomo: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan; Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

33. Scottsburg: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Kentucky

34. Munfordville: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

35. Glens Fork: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

36. Corbin: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Louisiana

37. Slaughter: Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

38. Walker: Dixie Rangers Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

39. Converse: Aryan Nations Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Maryland

40. Baltimore: Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Michigan

41. Fraser: United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

42. Beal City: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

43. Gladwin: Invisible Knights of the Fiery Cross

Missouri 

44. Potosi: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

45. Branson: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Mississippi

46. Petal: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

47. Brookhaven: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

48. Star: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

49: Jackson: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

50. Pearl: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

51. Meridian: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

52. Philadelphia: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

53. Bruce: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

54. Shannon: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

55. Lucedale: Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

56. Dumas: North Mississippi White Knights Of The Ku Klux Klan

Montana

57. Great Falls: United Klans of America

North Carolina

58. Lenoir: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

59. Benson: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

60. Burlington: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

61. Roanoke Rapids: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

62. Pelham: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

63. Eden: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

64. Charlotte: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

65. Durham: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

66. Kings Mountain: Christian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

New Mexico

67. Silver City: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

New York

68. Plattsburgh: Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Ohio

69. Amelia: Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

70. Cleveland: International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

71. Dayton: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan; Mystic Knights Of The Ku Klux Klan

Oklahoma

72. Shawnee: United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

73. Oklahoma City: United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

74: Tulsa: United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Pennsylvania

75. Beaver Falls: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

76. Oil City: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

77. Friedens: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

78. Girardville: East Coast Knights Of The True Invisible Empire

South Carolina

79. Spartanburg: United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

80. Abbeville: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Tennessee

81. Woodbury: Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

82. Nashville: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

83. Shady Valley: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

84. Memphis: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

85. Johnson City: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Texas

89. Pasadena: White Camelia Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

90. Cleveland: White Camelia Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

91. Dallas: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

92. New Braunfels: United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

93. Beaumont: United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

94. Abilene: United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

95. Omaha: United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

96. Houston: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

97. Bryan: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

98. Waco: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

99. Lone Oak: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

100. Greensville: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

101. Mt. Pleasant: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

102. Gatesville: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

103. Livingston: Lone Wolf Brigade Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

104. Longview: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

105. Dallas: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

106. Dekalb: Crusader Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Virginia

107. Abingdon: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

108. Portsmouth: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

109. Staunton: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

West Virginia

110. Hurricane: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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