A community in Nashville rallied to a man who was afraid to go out alone.
Last week, the Nashville stylist Shawn Marqus Dromgoole went to social media to share that he wanted to walk around his childhood neighborhood, but his fear of not going home prevented him from leaving his house. This message from Shawn arrived only days after the death of George Floyd, which has now led to a nationwide appeal for justice.
“Yesterday, I wanted to walk around my neighborhood, but the fear of not going home alive kept me on the porch,” Shawn wrote to his Instagram followers. “Today I wanted to walk again and I couldn’t get out of the porch. Then I called my mom and she said she would walk with (me). I always kept my ID card on me and my phone in my hand but I walked. “
Shawn added the hashtags #Icantbreath #icantsleep #icantwalk.
Shawn’s post was also published on the Nextdoor app, which links neighbors. In response, the Shawn community showed their support and walked with him.
“I was afraid of walking alone in my childhood neighborhood, because I was afraid of not living to see another day,” Shawn wrote to his Instagram followers over the weekend. “When I shared this fear with my neighbors, they said we would walk with you. This is just the start !!!!”
Shawn then returned to social media to thank everyone for their support.
“Thank you for walking with me and making me feel human and heard,” he wrote. “Your support right now has meant the world to me. However, you have not only made an impact on me, you have also made an impact on others who look like me, speak like me and feel like me. You made an impact on the world! “
“I didn’t do anything to be seen. I didn’t do anything for any reason. I just wanted to take a walk in my neighborhood … but if it will change the way people see people like me then I want to do it, “said Shawn. “I look forward to seeing you all at our next gathering. Let’s walk!”
Amid the outpouring of love and support, Shawn tells E! News, “Everyone, no matter who you are, regardless of your socio-economic status, everyone is a neighbor. Everyone is a neighbor and everyone deserves to be able to walk around their neighborhood without fear.”
As citizens across the country seek justice after the death of George Floyd, E! is in support.
“E! Is in solidarity with the black community against the systemic racism and oppression suffered every day in America,” the network said in a statement on May 31. “We owe it to our black staff, talents, production partners and viewers to demand change and accountability. To be quiet is to be an accomplice. #BlackLivesMatter.”