What some questions that I could ask in an interview regarding the Group Areas Act?

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It is not clear whether you need questions to ask those who established the Group Areas Act in South Africa or questions for those whose lives were impacted by this act—or if that matters. I am going to provide a few questions for each side, and hopefully that will help...

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It is not clear whether you need questions to ask those who established the Group Areas Act in South Africa or questions for those whose lives were impacted by this act—or if that matters. I am going to provide a few questions for each side, and hopefully that will help you generate others, if needed.

Questions for those who supported the Group Areas Act:

  1. How many people were displaced by this act?
  2. How did the Group Areas Act break apart communities?
  3. Why did you feel that people of color needed to be controlled in this way?
  4. Why did you feel threatened by the integration of people of color and a white community?
  5. How did South Africa change because of this Act?
  6. What other South African laws in the early twentieth century did this law resemble?
  7. All issues of race were designated on an identity card, and people faced imprisonment if they failed to show their card when it was requested. Were white people ever imprisoned for failing to show an identity card?

Questions for those impacted by the Group Areas Act:

  1. How did your community suffer because of the destruction of property allowed by the Group Areas Act?
  2. What problems did you face by only being able to purchase property from people of the same race?
  3. Women were not registered as a race independently; instead, their race depended on the race of their husbands. How did this impact your family?
  4. What consequences did you witness being imposed on community members who failed to comply with the Group Areas Act?
  5. What forms of peaceful protests did you employ, and how were those protests received by the white community?
  6. By 1983, over 600,000 people had been removed and relocated from their original homes. What impact did this have on your family or community?

I'm attaching a site below that contains some great information about the history of this act in South Africa.

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