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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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.
It's a token gesture to reach out to such a small group of teachers when there are millions of teachers struggling to implement the mandates of the law, which are very rigid, and when funding hasn't been provided for them.
It may have seemed like a token gesture to make sure there was an Ebony subscription at my house," laughed Steenhuis, "but it did matter.
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.
Our performance director is going to be looking at the best way to get it presented so it is not just a token gesture.
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.
A temporary repair with lock wire was but a token gesture as the pipe finally parted company at the end of stage seven.
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.
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.