So, when an Indian-American with Hindu parents wins Miss America, it reveals two things. On the one hand it reveals how far America has come from the nineteenth century: from “Hindoo heathens” to Miss America. But, on the other hand, the Twitter response shows that the us and them narrative of American identity is still very much alive. The characters have changed slightly, now the them is more Muslim—so Muslim in fact that it makes an Indian-American into an Arab Muslim. But the general structure is the same.