Because this water drown my family,
Many slaves lost their lives during the journey from Africa.
There where many slaves who where cast off slave ships during the journey from Africa, and eventually lost their lives from either not being able to swim, or running out of energy to do so and ultimately ended up drowning in the ocean. Some committed suicide by jumping overboard to drown or be eaten by sharks, or the dead bodies were thrown into the sea.
For Frank, could be a personal reference to Hurricane Katrina. Frank was evacuated from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina when he moved to California.
One of the most harrowing depictions of the carnage that ensued in the Atlantic slave trade is The Slave Ship by British romantic watercolourist J. M. W. Turner. In the painting, the elemental clash of water and fire is represented; the burning ship sinks into the waves, and the viewer can see dozens of black hands protruding from them, as well as seabirds and what might be shark fins: a scene of tragedy and overwhelming needlessness.
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