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March 20, 1995 | ADRIAN MAHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hawthorne building contractor Nathan Whaley, who is black, puts on his "stage show" whenever he visits a white neighborhood to give an estimate. "I pull out my briefcase, my note pad and clipboard--I have no need for either one--and look and wave" at all the neighbors, Whaley says. "You have to show that you have a reason to be there." It's a precautionary maneuver, one of many used by African Americans making service calls in white communities.
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March 20, 1995 | ADRIAN MAHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hawthorne building contractor Nathan Whaley, who is black, puts on his "stage show" whenever he visits a white neighborhood to give an estimate. "I pull out my briefcase, my note pad and clipboard--I have no need for either one--and look and wave" at all the neighbors, Whaley says. "You have to show that you have a reason to be there." It's a precautionary maneuver, one of many used by African Americans making service calls in white communities.
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