Whitney Houston…and others

By Eman Sahloul


It is old news by now that the legendary Whitney Houston passed away on February 11. Houston was underwater and apparently unconscious when she was pulled from a Beverly Hills hotel bathtub and had prescription drugs in her room, says the Huffington Post.

According to the Post, an autopsy was done Sunday and there were no indications of foul play and no obvious signs of trauma on Houston’s body, even though the 48-year-old singer had struggled for years with cocaine, marijuana and pills.

Regardless, it is not our place to judge her for the way that she died or the struggle she faced against drugs. Several news stations, of course, went on and on all week analyzing the cause of her death, the weeks before her death, her “premonition” of her death and her weakening voice before her death. All week.

And this is the point that I would like to touch upon. As I was waiting anxiously for the 2-hour special about Syria on CNN, I realized that Houston’s death had dominated the news and that the station was planning to cancel the special.

This, of course, angered me. Not simply because the special was postponed for the next day or that every channel had a vibrant, curly haired, woman plastered across it; I do not wish to undermine the footprint Houston left on the music industry and in our hearts. It bothered me because at the same time, the same hour, the same week, thousands of other people died or were dying from either hunger, cold, or murder all across the country and all across the world.

It bothered me that so much attention was attributed to one person’s death and failed to analyze and remember all others who have faced the same end because of something out of their hands. I don’t mean to say that there needs to be a two hour special on every person who has died, but why can’t there be such attention attributed to the living conditions of the homeless in Chicago, the famine in Africa and the massacres in Syria?

Yes, Houston was a legend. And no, I’m not saying that news stations should have just ignored her death, but why have we allowed it to become a history project, a science project and a social spectacle? If issues like hunger, drug addiction, or poverty were given such attention, I truly believe that half these issues would have been resolved.

The Candor would like to remind you that the people who die are not the only ones that the media obsesses hours and days on. There are people, even in our own backyard, who are struggling to live daily. It is our duty to remember them and to work constantly for society’s future.

Remember Whitney Houston. Remember humanity.