Dom Apollon

Dom Apollon Dominique, Research Director, is a graduate of the University of Virginia (B.A., American Government, 1996), and received his doctorate in political science from Stanford University in 2003.  His dissertation, “Relieving the Toxic Burden?: Race, Hazardous Wastes, and the Politics of the Environmental Justice Movement” examined the distribution of toxic wastes in the state of California from 1989-1999, as well as the corresponding grassroots political activity and participation.  Dom has taught undergraduate seminars on the politics of race/ethnicity at Stanford University and Santa Clara University, and served as an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at California State University, Bakersfield, where he taught courses on U.S. Constitutional Law, Introductory American Politics, Environmental Pol

The Equity Gap, 1965-2013 [Infographic]

A graphic look at why affirmative action started--and what its loss may mean for higher education.

Black People Voted on Election Day, Too, By the Way

An NAACP poll points to interesting trends: widespread support for marriage equality and the DREAM Act; shaky support for Democrats beyond Barack Obama.

'My First Thought Was, Run!' Share Your I Could Be Trayvon Story

Trayvon Martin's story triggered horrific memories for many black men in particular. Dom Apollon was moved to share his own frightening experience with being considered threatening, and created a Tumblr inviting others to do the same. Survey: A People of Color Majority? Meh, So What?

Despite all the fuss in media and politics about the coming non-white majority, most people don't care about it one way or the other. However, those who are concerned are far more vocal about their fears. Survey: What Explains Racial Disparities?

In a national survey, we asked people why the American Dream turns nightmarish for many people of color. Big majorities blame class. But whites are more likely to point to individual initiative, while blacks in particular see race as a problem.

What's Racism? That's Harder for Youth to Answer Than You Think

In a series of focus groups, young people of all races struggled to describe the ways in which institutions and social structures produce racial disparities.

Don't Call Them "Post-Racial"--How Young People Actually Think About Race

A three-part series in which Dom Apollon breaks down the findings from a series of focus groups with Millennials on everything from Barack Obama to criminal justice.

Don't Call Them "Post-Racial." Millennials Say Race Matters to Them

Results from focus groups with dozens of multiracial young people show in-depth conversations about race generate far more nuanced ideas than mainstream polling has suggested.

Reporter's Notebook: A Look Inside Our Focus Groups on Youth and Race

Research director Dom Apollon explains the project and speaks with some of the focus group participants on camera.

A "Mixed-Race" Nation Isn't the Same as a Post-Race One

Dom Apollon explains what a buzz-making New York Times story left out.

The Constitution Is Just Words, Until We Give Them Meaning

And all the tea party-inspired grandstanding in the world won't change that fact, says Dom Apollon.

Got a Record? You Can Still Get a Job in Massachusetts

Massachusetts just became the second state to "ban the box" on job applications in both the public and private sector.

You Can't Fix Juvenile Justice and Ignore Race

It'll take more than a cost-benefit analysis to stop locking up so many black and brown kids.

Looking Back on Four Weeks of World Cup Mania

Africa got screwed. Team USA tore my allegiances. Europeans blamed immigrants for losing (shocker). The refs blew it. And better Spain than the Netherlands.

Elena Kagan is No Thurgood Marshall

Obama's second Supreme Court nominee clerked for one of history's greatest racial justice champions. You wouldn't know it by looking at her career since.

Obama Plans to "Shame" Banks, But Offers No Help for People Drowning In Their Mortgages

Unsatisfied with all the foot dragging this country’s major mortgage lenders have been doing with its beleaguered home loan modification program, the Obama administration last week announced that it plans to begin “shaming” lenders who aren’t being responsive enough to the urgent, widespread need to reduce homeowner’s mortgage payments. According to Elizabeth Warren’s recent Congressional Oversight Panel report (see p.

Looking Beyond the Supreme Court on Voting Rights

As you may have heard, lawyers on opposing sides of a slew of critical civil rights cases have been arguing before the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court lately. Last week our nation’s closely-split high court heard what they call an “oral argument” on a key employment case. And in this morning’s case, the throw-down of vocalized legalese could lead spell the evisceration of voting rights protections for millions of people of color.

Investment Opportunity!: Countrywide Alumni Profiting from Economic Crisis Now Seek Investors

The New York Times is reporting today that alumni from Countrywide Financial -- one of the chief culprits of the greed-fueled subprime mortgage debacle that largely sparked our current global economic crisis -- are now profiting from the purchase of "delinquent home mortgages that the government took over from other failed banks, sometimes for pennies on the dollar." The article's analogy of the arsonist profiting from the sale of the charred land seems to be an appropriate one.

Assessing Racial Equity Impacts in the Stimulus - Part II (Education)

ARC_stimulus_educ020609.jpg The figure above shows that if the House stimulus package passes, the District of Columbia, which is 2/3 people of color, is likely to receive a good chunk of change for school modernization in comparison to the rest of the nation.

Racial Justice Advocates Get in Gear at "Driving Change" Panel

"The Alliance for Justice held a panel discussion, "Driving Change - The Role of Activists During the Obama Administration" yesterday at UDC's campus. And while, people of color were given mostly passing reference by the panelists and audience questions, there was without question useful information and perspectives for racial justice advocates to be thinking about beyond today's post-(symbolic)victory celebrations.