Answered by u/MysteryFlavoredPie:
Here in my city in Mexico we have a tradition called "Procesión del Silencio" where people walk a specific route donning this kind of robes, sometimes in different colors. Sometimes white, sometimes black, sometimes purple or red. It refers to a march in silence to pay respect to the death of Jesus Christ, during semana santa (when he died according to the Bible).
I remember watching it and sometimes participating as a kid with my very Catholic grandmother and other family members, and it always was quite an eerie experience. Some years later, after learning about the [Klan] in the US, it felt weird to have people dressed like that walking around once a year lmao.
I believe it originally comes from a very similar tradition from Spain, which evolved over time as it came to Mexico and well the rest is history.
Answered by u/Dacookies:
Same in Colombia, during semana santa in one of the oldest towns they do the same procession during semana santa. It’s a huge deal because it becomes a family tradition, normally the ones participating inherit the spot on the procession and which religious image and what day they participate.
Answered by u/ryeguy36:
So it’s not racist? Everyone can sleep easy, right?
Answered by u/Micky_Whiskey:
No, not racist, it’s a religious thing. The [Klan] actually stole this wear from the Church.