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?
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?