People from the state of Massachusetts love to tell each other they are from the state of Massachusetts.

“Boston Strong!” They’ll say,

because Boston is the only city in the entire state.

Then they’ll buy each other a beer.

“Boston Strong!” They’ll toast.

They identify with each other based on imaginary borders

decided by dead white men.


I was born in Ohio.

Whenever I meet someone from Ohio,

when I’m not in Ohio,

I don’t tell them I am from Ohio.

I just say “Hello. It’s nice to meet you.”

Then I buy them a beer.


~ by Shawn M. Young on May 22, 2014.

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