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
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.
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.
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.