Psychology of Race and Ethnic Relations
Professor Mary Anne O’Neill
October 27, 2004
Evelyn D. Anderson
Let’s discover Africa. Africa has over 8 regions, 54 countries, over 1, 000 languages, and is populated with over 797 million people. Needless to say, Africa is huge part of the world. I had the delightful opportunity to interview Faniel Ghebrehiwet. Faniel and I have worked together for over 5 years. Talking with Faniel was an education as well as a unique experience. The conversation with Faniel was very diverse on a variety of subjects. We talked about family, politics, religion, and the relationships between men and women. Faniel was born and raised in East Africa, in the country of Eritrea. Faniel came to the United States 22 years ago with his wife and 2 year old daughter. His first impression of the United States is that it was huge. He says all of the buildings and houses were huge. He later went on to say that McDonald’s was the first restaurant he and his family ate at. Faniel has a very unique family background. Faniel has 5 brothers and 1 sister, and of course a mother and father. Faniel’s father was a priest. His father did not work around the house, his job was that of a priest, and his father also was a writer. Because of their family status, Faniel and his brothers did not have many chores. Occasionally they helped on their farm, but the family had workers to do the labor for them. Their mother was responsible for the household chores, as well as the sister. Everyone in Faniel’s family had an education. This was very different from other African households. The languages spoken in Faniel’s family were Tigrina, which is their native language and Arabic. Faniel’s family was raised Orthodox, and he states that they strongly believe in the 10 commandments. He further states that he was taught that the man is the...