Which reasons are the most prevalent causes of racism? Racism - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary The very real physical characteristics that are used to define 'race' are clearly biological, the resulting behaviors to these characteristics are constructed by sociological mechanisms. While all of these reasons are likely to be found in reality, the likely causes of racism are a blend of these reasons... So please choose as many as you would like. I am asking which reasons you believe are the most prevalent causes of 'racism'. Natural, or evolutionary Racism is a natural reaction, a group survival trait that is the result of evolution. While simply wishing to retain biological evolutions within a group is not in and of itself "racism", it possibly triggers a construct of "us vs them" and the resulting notions of superiority and inferiority. -- *EDIT* Racism may not be a sociological construct at all. Experienced, or reactionary Through personal interactions with others, racism is a reaction to either positive or negative eperiences that one has when interacting with members of a given race. These experiences are "telescoped" and applied to others who share the same racial/physical characteristics, whom have never have come into contact. -- *EDIT* Racism is learned through personal experience. Parental Parents own racism is passed down to their offspring. Parents are racists for whatever reason, and pass it on to their children. (A common argument amongst elitist/progressive ideologues is that parents teach 'racism' to their offspring. Of course, such elitists have an agenda of removing peasant or working class children from parental care as soon as possible to be thrust into their utopian slave system.) -- *EDIT* Racism is learned by parental guidance. Institutional Institutions such as government, education, and mass media perpetuate stereotypes which condition their victims to harbor stereotypes that may or may not hold any real truth in reality. Elitists have a vested interest in playing 'races' off of each other in order to maintain power over all of them. The physical reality of 'race' is exploited by these institutions who feel the have the right to treat human beings as catttle. -- *EDIT* Racism is learned by institutional conditioning. Other I will explain in my post.