Sociology Cultural Interview Essay

1200 Words Oct 19th, 2011 5 Pages
Culture Interview: South Africa

Andre Ebbinkhuysen is the subject of my culture interview. I chose him because I was interested in learning more about the South African culture and its history. We met at McDonalds on South College Road on Friday, June 10th at 11:00 am and interviewed for about an hour. I felt very comfortable interviewing him, as we share a secondary group at Cape Fear Community College, sitting right next to each other in our Sociology class. I feel I know him better than a stranger I would have tried to approach for this interview.
Andre was born in South Africa. He has now been living in the United States for about 11 years. He moved here alone as a professional rugby player, and was offered a job to move and play
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In South Africa, there was complete racial segregation, also known as apartheid, until 1994. That shocks me that they practiced that for so long. Thanks to Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first elected democratic leader ever, he put an end to racial inequality. Mandela led his party in the negotiations that led to multi-racial democracy. His main priority within his presidency was reconciliation and national unity. He remained President of South Africa until 1999.
Andre discussed with me a big part of South Africa’s past history. It was very interesting to learn about the story of the “The Battle of the Blood River”, also known as “Die Slag van Bloedriver”. This battle was fought on December 16th, 1838, between the Voortrekkers (the whites) and the Zulu (non-whites). There were approximately 500 Trekkers positioned at the Ncome River just in front of a hippo pool after seeing a force of approximately 10,000 Zulu men enclosing on them. The Trekkers had guns and cannons; the Zulu only spears. After about 3,000 Zulu men were killed, they finally retreated. The blood from the dead men than ran through the river gave it its new name; Blood River. Surprisingly, only three of the Trekkers were slightly wounded. Before Mandela became president in 1994, this day was known as The Day of Covenant or The Day of Vow to commemorate the Trekkers victory over the Zulu. Andre referred to this day as “Promise Day”. The white farmers would pray to God to protect

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