Ask almost anyone, except Lupita, what it means to be an American and you will be met either by silence or by catchphrases such as "diverse" or "multicultural", if not hollow references to being "nonjudgmental" and allowing others to "do their own thing". How can a society that is increasingly ignorant of its own past offer instruction to immigrants about the nature of the culture they must embrace as an alternative to clinging to the old culture and old civilization that did not serve them well?
This is a perfect opportunity for Dee and Lupita to post what they think it means to be an American. Of course, they have different perspectives. Dee is a citizen and Lupita is a "wannabe" whether she admits it or not. At least Lupita can summon up from past criticisms of America, Americans and gringos what she thinks we are and what to be an American should mean to us. Then she can, of course, add what an American would be in an ideal world.