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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Once relegated to token characters that struggle to shake off the yoke of observance, their cinematic scope has been greatly bolstered by the family TV drama "Shtisel" (from cabler YES) and Rama Burshtein's critically acclaimed feature film "Fill the Void," Israel's 2013 submission for the foreign-language Oscar.
Many of Wertham's allegations remain relevant today: Comics still perpetuate stereotypes, either through token characters who exist purely to signify racial cliches or through a far more subtle system of absence and erasure that serves to obscure minority groups even as the writers pay lip service to diversity.