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Hot Buttons

What pushes your buttons?

Hot Buttons is an engaging activity that gets people talking about microaggressions and everyday experiences with bias.​

These buttons are not about trivializing our concerns, but validating the subtle forms of racism and discrimination we most often deal with rather than the more overt acts or statements.  Recognizing other people’s hot buttons is a way to deepen our understanding of their experiences.  Recognizing our own buttons is important so that when someone says this or acts this way, we know where that feeling is coming from in our gut.  It also gives us an opportunity to think about how we might respond.

Our Hot Buttons focus on racial microaggressions. We can customize sets of buttons for other marginalized identities.

Your order includes an instruction form with suggested activity.

Please reach out to Judy at for specific topic requests or for orders over 50 buttons. Otherwise, a random assortment will be selected.



Set of 25


Set of 50


Please Note: Our Hot Buttons are custom made-to-order.
Please allow up to 15 business days for shipment and arrival.


Below are examples of Hot Buttons. This is not a comprehensive list.

All Lives Matter.
I don't see color.
I don't think of you as Black.
I'm part Native American myself.
Model Minority

My best friend is Black.

She's in my tribe.
Where are you really from?

Get over it.
Don't take this the wrong way, but…

I only date Asian women.

I love your people!

I only see what's on the inside.
I treat all people as equals.
I'm sorry you're offended.
It was just a joke.
Politically correct.
That's not what I meant!
What are you?
Why can't we all just get along?
Why should you get special rights?
You people.
You're not like the others.
You're too sensitive.

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