How sympathetic whites are helping to fuel racial change

MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — After sitting in silence, some white Americans say they’re being spurred to action by the fatal shootings of black men by officers in Minnesota and Louisiana.

Robert Milesnick, an Oregon lawyer, says he’s supporting local political candidates who promise to address racial profiling in policing.

In a Cleveland suburb, Lisa Vahey says she and her friends will push for better racial integration at their children’s high school.

Civil rights and religious leaders acknowledge that the deadly retaliation attacks on police officers in Dallas and in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, have complicated matters.

But Michael Curry, president of the Boston chapter of the NAACP, says only when a critical mass overcomes the so-called “white silence” around the killings will things change.