8 Ways People of Color are Tokenized in Nonprofits

By Helen Kim Ho

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There’s a type of racism in the workplace many of us have personally witnessed, perpetrated or experienced: tokenism. Nowhere have I seen this play out more than in the nonprofit space.  Tokenism is, simply, covert racism. Racism requires those in power to maintain their privilege by exercising social, economic and/or political muscle against people of color (POC). Tokenism achieves the same while giving those in power the appearance of being non-racist and even champions of diversity because they recruit and use People Of Color as racialized props.  But how can a sector dedicated to the common good fail at being the most diverse, safe and woke-est place imaginable?

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