Life at Firestone Rubber Company II

Read the first part of this story here. Life in Firestone was highly polarized- the tappers lived in the ‘camps’ and the elites lived in the ‘bungalows.’ The white people who carried themselves as ‘masters’ in Firestone thought to coin a word that perfectly captured our realities. We were admittedly ‘campers’ because only tappers and…

Life at Firestone Rubber Company

As a kid, I did not bother much with the peculiar nature of the Liberia-Firestone relationship. I was mostly concerned with helping my dad meet his quota because I knew failure to do so would mean starving for days and potential loss of his job. Out of everything, what I feared most was not having a place to lay my head, but this took a toll on my dad who was forced to drag his 12-year-old daughter to work although she had school.