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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's just the futility and ridiculous nature of it, it's just tokenistic.
Asda does not have Sainsbury's reputation, hitherto the world's largest retailer of Fairtrade, indeed it's range appears tokenistic.
Mr Yousaf reacted angrily to the joint statement and photograph with the Imam, branding it "tokenistic".
Dempster was suspended by Labour after the Record revealed he had claimed SNP minister Yousaf couldn't be seen because he was "under his burka" Yousaf tweeted: "After such a blatant Islamophobic slur, a tokenistic photo op at the local mosque is frankly an insult.
The French report also laments a tokenistic deployment of Lebanese soldiers in south Lebanon.
What has changed, now, is that MPs have made sure they will have the chance to vote on whether to approve whatever deal the Prime Minister negotiates - but it is all a bit tokenistic. If they do not approve, then Britain leaves with no deal at all.
In order not to appear tokenistic, it would have been better to afford more discussion time to internal details of her music, as usefully given elsewhere.
Girlhood's LGBT+ characters may be mentioned in passing, but not in a tokenistic way.
The Peace Process, once one of the most important steps forward in NI, now seems almost quaint, a tokenistic gesture that isn't fulfilling the great promise it could have.
To those not sure, the so-called 'Commonwealth of Independent States' (CIS) is a purely tokenistic 'union', formed in 1991, straight after the dissolution of the USSR, comprising ten former Soviet Republics.