Apartheid represents an interesting epoch in human history and, while similar periods of race-based political organization have existed in other nations (e.g., the former state of Rhodesia), the South African experience with apartheid represents one of the most recent examples of race-based political and social segregation.
Some interesting questions to ask someone who lived during this period might include:
- Setting aside issues like political access and freedom of movement, how did your life change on a day-to-day basis in the pre-apartheid era to the post-apartheid era?
- At the time, did you feel apartheid was a transient moment or did it seem like something that would last forever?
- Did you ever give thought to emigrating from South Africa?
- How much of a focus was apartheid in the interpersonal interactions and discussions between you, your colleagues, and your friends during the apartheid era? Was it a primary area of concern, or did it merely exist in the background?