I went on an errand today with a couple of acquaintances. One is a white Canadian, and the other, a relatively light-skinned Dominicana; like so many other Dominicans, she’s somewhere between a mulatta and a mestiza.
The Dominicana was the one driving, and we decided to use the parking lot of a supermarket near our destination. The parking attendant approached her as she left the car, and asked if we would be shopping there. Otherwise, we’re not supposed to use the lot. She told him that we’d be back in a little while – and that he can trust her, because she’s white. He laughed and let us carry on.
We had never discussed anything racial before, so this incident was completely out of the blue. Haitians are the darkest people in Dominican Republic, and (so I’m told) the least trust-worthy and the poorest. Light skin does actually have benefits here. It’s a status symbol, just as it is in much of Africa.
So yes, there is “white (light)-privilege,” but it seems to exist mainly in non-white-majority countries.