Shawn Dromgoole's family has lived in their Nashville neighborhood for over five decades. Although he has known those streets all his life, as a black man, Dromgoole has never felt truly safe walking down the road by himself. "The neighbors didn't know each other. I was the stereotype," he explained. As protests broke out in the wake of George Floyd, Dromgoole shared his fears on the Next Door app: "My family has lived in this neighborhood ... for 54 years and I'm afraid to walk. 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. Today I wanted to walk again and I could not make it off the porch." Within minutes, 50 neighbors responded offering to walk with him. The next day, 75 people showed up to walk with him in an overwhelming show of solidarity and support.

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