I've noticed that in pictures from the funerals of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks, a large number of attendees are wearing white. I've found a few resources online that suggest this is a specifically African-American tradition, but I'd like to know about its origins and the reasons behind it. Where did this tradition originate?

Some of my sources:

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Rayshard Brooks's funeral (in the photos of his family, not of the pallbearers)

George Floyd's funeral

I have also found mentions in the "Encyclopedia of Cross-cultural Psychology" but I'm having trouble pulling it up on mobile and will add it when I can later.

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    The Wikipedia article on "Mourning" mentions many other cultural contexts where white is worn.
    – Brian Z
    Jun 29, 2020 at 11:56
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    Just a quick thanks for updating the question to include sources. Welcome to the site and I look forward to the answer.
    – MCW
    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:59


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