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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TOKEN GESTURE: Ignore overpriced, over-crowded restaurants and opt for intimate dining at home.
This is a small token gesture to say thank you to those helping us DECLAN O'FLAHERTY on his charity runShe's like a six month old baby - she can't really do anything' DECLAN O'FLAHERTY on his daughter
"I felt that I was taken to Austria as a token gesture," said the former Tottenham forward, who has scored 48 goals in the last two seasons.
A token gesture to the massive walls of the Temple in Jerusalem, of which the Western Wall is the last vestige, appears on the entrance steps of Akiba Academy kindergarten, Los Angeles.
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.
"Our performance director is going to be looking at the best way to get it presented so it is not just a token gesture.
When the question is asked it will only be a token gesture because he doesn't want to jeopardise Chinese investments for HS2 and the new nuclear power stations.
But Abbas Hussain, of the Heswall and District Business Association (HDBA) - which led a campaign against parking tariff increases earlier in the year - said: "The businesses of Heswall are very far from pleased about the token gesture of a concession the council has made with reducing the car parking charges for Christmas.
"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.