I was a senior in high school when Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Olympics. I watched the torch pass by on the high school track and got to see Apollo Anton Ohno skate from the back row of the nosebleed section of the Delta Center. But something that has stuck with more me from that time is a comment one of my teachers made after watching some of the national coverage on the news. He said something like, “It’s like they are surprised to see civilization west of the Hudson.”
I didn’t realize until then that Easterners have a bit of a superiority complex in the United States, but I have noticed it a lot more since, and especially now that I live in the East. I was surprised to hear one of my classmates who is local talk about going out into “the wilderness” to get a job before coming back to The City where the real work is to be had. It really did sound to me like he thought there wasn’t much going on outside of the Megalopolis area. Another guest speaker emphasized that “news” actually did happen in the Texas town where she started working, believe it or not. And then there the world of college football, in which many teams with great records are discounted because their “strength of schedule” is weak–all the teams they are playing are out West. Now, I don’t disagree that most of the Eastern teams are better and play stronger opponents, but I do think there is a bit of a bias towards Eastern teams.
Micah has conceded to me that, as an Easterner, he is aware of this superiority complex. So now I’m curious, do Westerners have a bias against Easterners of which I am not aware? Does anybody else have views on the issue? It is just strange to me and I don’t understand it.