Talib Kweli has shared "She's My Hero," a song inspired by Bresha Meadows, the teenager who shot and killed her allegedly abusive father in July 2016. Meadows was initially charged with aggravated murder and spent 18 months behind bars. However, public outcry and a sustained activist campaign led to a plea deal with prosecutors.
"The first thing that struck me about Bresha was how much she physically reminded me of my own daughter," Kweli wrote in an open letter posted in the song's Soundcloud description. "I had a similar experience when George Zimmerman killed 17 year old Trayvon Martin, who reminded me of my son. I instantly felt drawn to these children and I felt compelled to dive deeper into their lives.
"Regardless of how you feel about this particular case, whether you feel it’s a self defence issue, a domestic abuse issue, a mental health issue or all of the above, the take away for me is that we must do a better job of taking care of and protecting our children," he wrote.
Listen to "She's My Hero" below. A GoFundMe is has been established to pay for Bresha Meadows's mental health treatment