‘I usually wear a hoodie and sweatpants’: Why an African American man felt compelled to warn neighbors about fitness routine

Man warns neighbors about his training
Man warns neighbors about his training

HOUSTON – Neighbors keep each other up-to-date on crime alerts, missing pets, block parties and all sorts of things. But a social media message that we recently went out in Lakeside Estates was unlike any other.

An African-American resident sent out an alert, warning his neighbors that he would be out training in sweat pants and a hoodie.

“Anyone who is trying to lose weight for a fitness competition knows that’s how you do it,” William Scott.

Scott said he knows his outfit of choice may raise some suspicion and that alarming his neighbors is the last thing he wants to do. When the husband and father isn’t pumping iron at the gym, you’ll find him jogging the streets of his neighborhood during the early morning hours or late at night.

“It’s June, July and August and I’m going to be walking around with a hood and the hood on, big sweat pants so it’s kind of suspicious-looking if someone is walking around in 100-degree weather with a sweatsuit on,” Scott said.

Scott added the message he posted, first on NextDoor and then Facebook. He said it was a way for him to introduce himself to the community and an opportunity to ask for encouragement.

“From my perspective, its what I needed to do to make sure I was safe. I just want people to know that I’m here, don’t be afraid, don’t call the police on me and if you see me give me a high five,” Scott said.

Since he first posted the message, Scott has received a ton of feedback wishing him the best.


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