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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DES LYNAM (Mr `I could be wearing a dodgy suit but the women still love me' man) ``A long time ago when a woman came in to present sport there was a tokenism about it.
If the 1970s' vogue for socially relevant comic books encouraged just this sort of artificial tokenism, it nevertheless gave the Legion's diversity some real-world referents; and if the Legion's roots were still racially homogenous, then everybody pretended not to notice.
Nerve 1: The tokenism in this article given to the roles of volunteers.
We wanted to impress on regulators that the industry is taking this seriously, that it's not just tokenism and that cognizance should be given to companies that are participating," he said.
Beyond tokenism, beyond being mollified by the symbolic use of the Decalogue, there is another danger: treating the Ten Commandments as a totem," says the editorial.
Having been both perpetrator and victim, I've come to believe tokenism is more sinful than virtuous, regardless of motivation, because it is a lie, an image used to cloak reality.
Second, affirmative action is the easy way out, tokenism at its worst.
Shanklin, who doesn't see his new position as tokenism, says he is personally committed to getting more black people into franchising.
Democrats and Republicans strive to avoid a "stimulus package" whose size was mere tokenism from the first.
His presence was an indication that the Russians view their military presence in Latvia as more than mere tokenism.
It's tokenism - of course it is, otherwise he would have patronised, I mean promoted, them sooner.
Most important of all, Modi's reinvented political craft will take the credit for positing that tokenism can go beyond its wafer-thin credentials and indeed become the incubator for purposeful geopolitical advancement.