America tells stories to itself in images, funny ones, sad ones, selfies we send out over our phones with snarky comments.
And that's what the images from Ferguson, Mo., feel like to me, hands to the throat.
The only thing we know for sure is what happened after he was shot. There were riots, looting, politics, heavy-handed reactions from police and enough racial pandering to fill the 24-hour cable news cycle.
It didn't matter that the facts weren't in. There were feelings and agendas to address.
That's the problem with intense images and a lack of facts. They're open to interpretation and what we want to see happen.
But there's another image I saw last week. This one I like, and it doesn't come from Missouri.
But it brought me a smile when I needed it.
It's Little League baseball, and it's taking place this week in Williamsport, Pa., at the Little League World Series.
My team this year is the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars, a team from the Far South Side of Chicago, a part of town often ignored by the media, except for police reporters.
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