American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The policy of making only a perfunctory effort or symbolic gesture toward the accomplishment of a goal, such as racial integration.
- n. The practice of hiring or appointing a token number of people from underrepresented groups in order to deflect criticism or comply with affirmative action rules: "Tokenism does not change stereotypes of social systems but works to preserve them, since it dulls the revolutionary impulse” ( Mary Daly).
- From token + -ism. (Wiktionary)
“Among other things, it limits (obviously) SNL's ability to successfully represent public figures, and this tokenism is a perennial problem at SNL, which has six different faces to match to white male public figures, but must force black characters into the oeuvre of a single actor.”
“I don't think you have to shy away from the idea of tokenism," she told the Washington Post in 1977, soon after being confirmed by the Senate as commerce secretary.”
“However, it is a societal problem and will need bottom-top solutions rather than tokenism, which is the case right now.”
“Though I hate the idea of tokenism it does come to that at times.”
“I felt very off my game as the workshop usually starts with us spending a bunch of time defining terms like "tokenism" and "appropriation" and having already started late and it being Wiscon I felt that wasn't necessary at all.”
“At first blush the selection of West to keynote the conference smacked of the kind of tokenism that some thought was in play when the GOP selected Michael Steele to chair the party.”
“The kind of tokenism you lament in #2 was rampant in my experience, as new music organizations scrambled to get women and people of color on grant panels, boards, focus groups, etc. to “represent” their imagined constituencies even though the people inviting them were really not looking for anything in the music itself that was gendered or racially tinged in any way.”
“Fact is, Bush's statement - while carefully scripted - shows not only his absolute racism, but also the degree of "tokenism" Rice and Powell accepted with their appointments.”
“This person's take on "tokenism" is almost impossible to follow.”
“This kind of tokenism ultimately seems a step backwards to me.”
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