Set in their own zones of comfort, fostered by tradition, slaves found it almost impossible to move out of their daily routines where, paradoxically, they felt a certain kind of stability.
Theories of structuralism make it clear as to how even in circumstances of extreme privation, people find it difficult to rebel. The impetus to rebel finally arrived when the industrial North fought for the institution of mechanized economies instead of the agrarian economies that were prevalent in the South.
Vestiges of racism coupled with the historic socio-economic deprivation of African-Americans are the two chief factors which contribute to the racial prejudice and discrimination against African-Americans. The repercussions of the economic deprivation that Black Americans faced during the era of chattel slavery and racial segregation continues to prevail in contemporary America. National Poverty Centre, University of Michigan reported that in 2010 that a shocking 38.2% of children under the age of eighteen living in poverty were racially Black (How does the United States measure poverty? n.d.). Poverty amongst a vast majority of African-American families results in their children not receiving the quality education, resulting in turn in widespread unemployment amongst the African-American youth. These social phenomena, detrimental in themselves, also lead to the emergence of numerous derogatory stereotypes regarding African-Americans, whereby they are perceived to be intellectually and culturally