I imagine the situation is similar in most other places in America.
Poverty – material, intellectual, moral. Poverty is the biggest obstacle to solving all social problems. It’s a control mechanism – an impoverished people cannot fight back against oppression nearly as effectively.
Privatization – lack of civic organizations, isolation (aided by technology).
Corporate control – one example is the rampant sexism and racism in corporations. At Best Buy the janitors and floor cleaners are all hispanic, females are ushered into departments that pay less, males find it easier to be promoted. Another example is the propaganda issued daily from corporate headquarters to managers to workers which indoctrinates everyone in the system into the corporate way.