Mercedes in a row winding down the road
As a contrast to the sights of nature under threat in the previous line, Frank observes a more mechainical and industrial side of the Ivory Coast as several cars cruising down the road. Of course using the word “row” ties the sailing theme of the first two lines neatly with this one.
Frank would observe this almost initially due to his unmatched love of cars.
Mercedes' founder also had ties to slavery. He was part of the BMW group during the mid 1900s, and they were reported to use more than 30,000 slaves for their works. The money earned by the slaves was then sent to the SS (Hitler’s special troupes) fund. Most of the documents have been lost, but some of them survived as proof of this.
“Mercedes in a row” is evocative of the way Africans were inhumanly chained and laid down on their backs and stomachs. This method of “tight packing” ensured delivery of the maximum number of slaves during their journey across the Atlantic to the new world, “winding down the road.”
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