How did Trevor and his mother use language to cross legal and social boundaries and navigate challenging situations?

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Trevor and his mother, Patricia, used their fluency in a variety of languages to fit in with different groups of people because, as he says, you can use language to "convince people that they are the same."

Apartheid was founded on the idea of separation. Black people and white people would have different lives and rights under the system. One way it was maintained was the enforcement of strict legal barriers like not allowing white and black people to have children together. Another way was using language to...

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