Nashville Community Rallies Behind Man Afraid to Walk Outside


A community in Nashville rallied together after their neighbor, Shawn Dromgoole, a black man, posted to the NextDoor app that he was afraid to walk outside, fearing he would not return alive amid the unrest following the death of George Floyd.

“My family has lived in this neighborhood on the corner of ninth and Knox for 54 years and I’m afraid to walk,” he wrote in the post on the app. “Yesterday I wanted to walk around my neighborhood but the fear of not returning home to my family alive kept me on my front porch.”

Shortly after, his neighbors started to reach out, sharing they'd join him.

“My neighbor said we’ll walk with you. One after one,” he said.

“I was scared to walk alone and now look who is behind me. Look who has my back," he added, according to News Channel 5. “I didn’t do any of this to be seen. I didn’t do anything for any reason. I just wanted to take a walk in my neighborhood, but if it’s going to change the way people see people like me, then I want to do that."

About 50 community members and neighbors ended up joining Shawn and have since planned to do another community walk beginning at his house next Thursday.

Shawn's story is a small example of how can all make a change.