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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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.
Surely a magazine of such high quality and skill as yourselves need not resort to such cheap token gestures?
"Cuts by the Big Six earlier this year were token gestures, leaving the average customer just PS28 a year better off.
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.
Why is it that if you speak English you are entitled to all the information available, but Welsh speakers have to be grateful that, cost permitting, a few token gestures will be made to accommodate them?
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.
Token gestures won't hide the fact that this is a Budget that gives with one hand and punches with the other.
But these days the payments - of around 46p per parish - are simply token gestures to keep the 1,000-year-old tradition alive.