Tokenism

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Tokenism

The practice of including only a certain number or percentage of a minority group in a business or other organization. Tokenism may or may not be deliberate. For example, a company, intentionally or not, may hire one and only one member of a minority race to its executive team. It could be an attempt to avoid a discrimination lawsuit, but some believe it is itself a form of discrimination.
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With the backing of Boston's religious and political leaders, janitors were able to defeat the companies' token gestures on health benefits and win real coverage for 1,000 janitors.
attack on Iraq, supposedly because of its weapons of mass destruction, the Bush administration is quietly increasing support to North Korea and China in exchange for token gestures -- despite their being among the largest arms proliferators to unfriendly nations, including Iraq.
It will not be enough to make empty promises or token gestures.
By definition, it is not equipped to challenge existing relations of power and distribution other than marginally, with token gestures.
Often I just felt helpless, that all I could give were token gestures, a smile, a hug, a game with the children, an ear to their problems.
Token gestures won't hide the fact that this is a Budget that gives with one hand and punches with the other.
Pointing out that cutting VAT on home heating would require a change in European rules, Ms Evans said: "It is time that Gordon Brown stopped making token gestures and actually acted in the interests of people.
It's no good making token gestures for two hours and then blazing lights for seven weeks - the climate won't care.
People who use bikes claim they are being fobbed off with token gestures instead of solid facilities that encourage people to cycle.
What difference can these token gestures possibly make to the global picture?
These are token gestures from a Government desperate to be all things to all people.
They will be judged not on their token gestures but on what they have or have not done to actually bring justice to Omagh, not wreaths.