Families are Sacred

By Tonya Anderson

I was reading the many opinions about Bobbi Kristina’s medically induced coma on social media, and one of the commenters asked “ Why in the hell is this news?”

My reply:

“I think it goes deeper. This is about our children globally hurting deeply, losing their childhood innocence, dying from drug overdoses, being beheaded, kidnapped, sex trafficked, and more. And 999 million people get up and go to work. Thousands of kids, if not millions are having the same challenges. Touching all demographics. Across the board. It is kind of shocking that a whole world knows she is grieving. Money.. Power.. Access .. Could not help her. What could? Millions of parents ask themselves this question everyday. It is tragic. Especially when I know this very thing is happening in our community. Parents losing their children to drugs. families are sacred no matter how dysfunctional. I guess this why it is news.

Bobby Kristina Brown

American singer Whitney Houston performing “My Love Is Your Love” with her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown on Good Morning America (Central Park, New York City) on September 1, 2009.

Author Asterio Tecson, Source Flickr: 135

Families are Sacred

Well, I think this is a deeper issue that has come to hit us directly in our faces until we get it. Thousands of children, if not millions, are having challenges living in this world just as Bobbi Kristina Brown did. Her experience touches all demographics — across the board, they’re all similar and yet different.
It is shocking that the world knew she was grieving the death of her mother, yet all the money, power and access to health care could not save her.
What could?
Millions of parents ask themselves this question everyday. It is tragic. Especially, when I know this very thing is happening in our community. Parents are losing their children to drugs and violence and hopelessness.
Families are sacred, no matter how dysfunctional. My guess is whether we know it or not, Bobbi Kristina’s fate is news because her fate is the fate of our children.
I hope she wakes up from her coma and lives a full happy life.