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I would argue that it isn't a filler. It carries with it the connotation of it being: clear, obvious. It at least changes the tone, and implication of the sentence.
Whites is used to mean "white clothing", while coloreds (and sometimes darks) is used to mean "non-white clothing" (sense 2, here). These uses have conventionalized to the point where they are included in dictionaries. The reason they have conventionalized is because there is a standard reason to employ them: people regularly divide their laundry into white ...
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