Segregation and Choice

While acknowledging that Houston is the most ethnically and racially diverse city in the nation, the Chronicle has been regularly publishing articles showing how segregated Houston is. According to these articles, most Houstonians live in neighborhoods that are predominantly of their own race or ethnicity.

If these articles were simply pointing out demographic facts, that […]

Ending Discrimination Against the Incompetent

An unnamed organization announced last week that they are going to pressure Mayor Sylvester Turner to add incompetent and unproductive workers to the list of groups protected by the city’s pending anti-discrimination ordinance. “It’s discriminatory to fire someone just because they are lazy or don’t possess rudimentary job skills,” said an anonymous spokesperson for the […]

Autism, Altruism, and Discrimination

The Chronicle has been running an investigative series on special education in Texas. The articles claim that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has issues a guideline that school districts cap the students in special education programs to 8.5 percent as a way to cut costs. The series argues that this guideline violates federal law, which […]

Bigots, Homophobes, and HERO

In May 2014, the Houston City Council passed the controversial Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO). The ordinance made it “unlawful for any place of public accommodation or any employee or agent thereof to discriminate against any person on the basis of any protected characteristic,” such as sexual orientation or gender identification. Though voters overturned the […]

Only Free Markets Promote Rationality

Though overturned by voters in 2015, the passage of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) in 2014 underscores a dangerous trend in today’s political environment – a trend that is in fact decades old. That trend is an attempt to force rationality on people. From the Civil Rights Act of 1964, on up to HERO, […]