Why is having a certain skin colour seen as a privilege?
Having a light skin colour is seen as a privilege because those who have a closer proximity to whiteness are treated in higher regard than those with darker skin. This is a result of European colonialism. The societal structure we live in today grants unearned benefits to white people over brown and black people. This means that those that are white, and have a lighter skin complexion, are often perceived in a more positive light and are more widely represented in influential and powerful roles in society.