My paternal grandmother was very light complexed. During the 1950s, she was walking down the street shopping, a kid kicked her and she spanked him. She did not get in trouble because she was mistaken for a white woman.
We do not know who her parents were. We believe she was left with a black family because her mother was white.
When she passed away, the hospital also thought she was white. I wish I could find out more about her roots.