I am currently doing an assignment on apartheid laws. I chose the Separate Amenities Act. In an interview, what would be some good questions to ask someone who experienced it? 

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mkoren eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Separate Amenities Act was connected to the system of segregation in South Africa. If you were to interview a person who experienced it, I would suggest several questions to ask in this interview.

Below is a pool of questions to consider asking. The goal of these questions is to try to get a picture of what it was like for this person who lived with these segregation laws.

  • How old were you when you first experienced segregation? (Understanding a person’s age should shed some light on that person’s experiences. A younger person may have a different view than an older person.)
  • Can you describe how the system of segregation worked? I would ask the person to focus on some form of public life such as a hotel, movie theater, or restaurant.
  • Explain how segregation worked in the field of education? How did this impact your education?
  • How did these laws impact your family?
  • How do you personally feel about these laws?
  • What, if anything, did you try to do to change these laws?
  • How do you believe these laws have impacted how you view the world today?
  • What do you tell your children or grandchildren about this time in South Africa's history?
  • What message would you like my classmates to take from your experiences?

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