Tell us what ‘being American’ means to you

What does it mean to be American? It’s complicated.

For Maxeme Tuchman, the CEO of education startup Caribu, it’s about the fact that she can be Cuban and American. For Michael Hall, co-founder of Digital Grass, it’s about opportunity. For Jose Medina of CIC Miami, it comes down to equality, essentially. For Bev Tan Murray, a local writer, it’s about being a work in progress.

Maybe for you, it’s something a little simpler: a day of burgers, beer, and mango batidos or kayaking in our national park.

There are endless ways to define it, and what passport(s) you hold are only part of it… if at all.

What’s yours?

We’d love for you to share it with us, so we’ve made a tool that lets you share your message with our community. Those are some examples above, and it’s super easy to make your own. When you’re done, post it to whatever social media you like best, tag us (@newtropicmiami on Twitter, @thenewtropic on Instagram, and “The New Tropic” on Facebook), and use the hashtag #BeingAmerican.

We hope to make a Facebook album at the end of this that shows just how broad the definition can be.

Here’s how to make and share your own version:

  1. Head over to the meme generator at
  2. Start by taking a selfie or grabbing a picture of yourself that you already have. Drag and drop it in the gray picture box.
  3. Slide the toolbar to scale your image to the size you think looks best.
  4. Pick a color to overlay your meme if you want, or leave it as it is.
  5. Now write your message in the message box. Anything goes.
  6. Align that text to be anywhere you like, and change the color of your words if you want.
  7. Click “Download Image” at the bottom and you’re good to go.

Help us spread the conversation

If you’re down to help us spread this far and wide, when you share your personal meme on your fave social media platform, and include this page or Tell your friends to tag us so we see it.

Happy 4th of July!