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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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In an email to Cllr Whittingham Mr Hussain said: "This is not supporting your local town centres - it is a meaningless token gesture made to make yourselves feel like you've listened to the businesses whilst doing very very little to support us.
Apparently Log Cabin can be bought off with a token gesture such as a nonthreatening appointment of a gay person as ambassador.
As noted, such a level is perceived as a token gesture, given the economic dislocation generated to the estimated 70% currency devaluation and 35% inflation observed since the beginning of the year.
NEW England captain Sean O'Loughlin has welcomed his young Wigan team-mate Dan Sarginson into the international fold, insisting the call-up is no token gesture.
ere has now been another promise made regarding this, but until it is honoured, it just feels like another possible empty token gesture.
But I suspect that Ryan will want assurances that he is not just being kept on as some sort of token gesture.
I know many will say that these schools are not exclusive as they will take on pupils of other faiths and none, however this is just a token gesture paying lip service to any critics.
A SCHOOL'S new fundraising scheme is proving anything but a token gesture.
Research by credit card company Capital One found that while many bosses only expect a token gesture costing pounds 5, the actual amount staff plan to spend is pounds 27.
Later, the EDO Education Department as a token gesture handed over enrolment forms to the prospective students.
It's just a shame prize-money remains so comically low that our donation wasn't any more than a token gesture.
The Academy is producing top-quality players and we are not just filling the squad as a token gesture.