This is not about honoring Simkins as much as the Carpet Baggers (And some Scalawags) trying to erase anything about the Confederacy which is a large part of Texas History. The title of the article calls it “a good first step”. Reread the Chronicle editorial - They want to re name everything!
The President of the University should be fired and ran out of the state on a rail.
It most certainly is about honoring Simkins. They generally don't name dorms or parks after criminals.
And based on Simkins' boastful quote -- from which we may justifiably conclude that he took part in lynchings....
So I ask again: is that the sort of guy you want to honor?