Karen Finney

Finney in 2012, photo by Prphotos

Place of Birth: New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 15, 1967

*father – African-American
*mother – English, other

Karen Finney is an American political consultant and spokesperson. She works in the fields of political and communication strategy, and has appeared on MSNBC and CNN. She was the host of the show Disrupt with Karen Finney from 2013 to 2014.

Her father was a civil rights lawyer and her mother was a labour negotiator. In an article she wrote on The Huffintong Post, Karen described her experience as the daughter of an African-American father and a white mother, Mildred Lee. She has said that Confederate General Robert E. Lee was her maternal great-great-great-great uncle. Karen added that she is proud of her mixed heritage.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com


Curious about ethnicity

4 Responses

  1. exotiq says:

    Yes, I agree, she is certainly beautiful, as well as quite accomplished and successfully intelligent and articulate! ….Being mixed certainly doesn’t hurt! :)

    I didn’t even know that she was African American! I look like her! …Well, not exactly, but we share similar phenotype, but I’m classified as Hispanic, since me and my family are from Latin America, with Latin surnames and culture…We do have some African ancestry in my family, but that is not what I lead with…If she calls herself African American, does that mean I have to call myself African American too?

    …I’m sure some of you expect that I do, despite my lack of knowledge in African American culture, since I was raised in my own and identify as well as hold much pride in the culture I was raised in, but many of you haven’t stepped foot outside of America or took the time to learn about other countries and cultures, which is unfortunate.

    • fuzzybear44 says:


      (I didn’t even know that she was African American! I look like her! …Well, not exactly, but we share similar phenotype)

      I don’t mean this in an angry way,but could you tell me what an African American is suppose to look like?

      • exotiq says:

        I know that by you asking me that question, you’re trying to prove a point by saying that “All African Americans don’t look the same”, however, I was trying to prove a point by my own statement as well, but from the opposite viewpoint, which is often overlooked or misconstrued in a way to make it seem as though a racially mixed person like myself is resentful of my African ancestry.

        I realize that the history of this country with race is something that still lies in the minds of many people today and there are many people who still cling to the “One drop rule”, despite it’s invalidity.

        My point is that if a person with a limited scope were to view this beautiful woman, who calls herself “African American” and then looks at someone like myself, with similar visible phenotype, they would and could assume that I am one too, which is what many ignorant people would do. My point is to say that I am from Latin America, is proud of my heritage and lives my culture daily and doesn’t appreciate the ignorance of many who assume that I am trying to deny being so called “Black” or “African American” when that concept is not apart of my daily vernacular or my Latin-Caribbean lifestyle, and it sometimes frustrates me when there are those, especially online, who will accuse me of such, without having any clue of who I am, what I look like, or know where I come from.

        I am equally frustrated that America in general is kept in the dark about racial and cultural diversity because the main stream media limits diversity to the American masses, which is largely linked to the ignorance in this country.

  2. gwen turner says:

    Karen finney is so beautiful. I thought she would be native american.

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