Op-Ed: Strip the Klansman’s Name from Simkins Hall
The Horn, May 10, 2010
3 Pages Posted: 16 May 2010 Last revised: 14 Oct 2010
Date Written: May 10, 2010
This Op-Ed is an open letter to UT-Austin President William Powers in which Professor Russell asks that President Powers remove the name of Klansman William Stewart Simkins from a dormitory on campus. Professor Russell provides details regarding Simkins's involvement in the Klan during Reconstruction as a mask-wearing night rider who admitted to violence against freed slaves. Professor Russell offers a legal argument for denaming the dorm, namely that the Faculty Council misrepresented Professor Simkins's past when they recommended his name for the dormitory.
Professor Russell wrote this op-ed after media controversy emerged concerning his paper ‘Keep the Negroes Out of Most Classes Where There Are a Large Number of Girls’: The Unseen Power of the Ku Klux Klan and Standardized Testing at The University of Texas, 1899-1999 (March 22, 2010). University of Denver Legal Studies Research Paper No. 10-14. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1583606.
Keywords: KKK, Ku Klux Klan, William Stewart Simkins, William Powers, Bill Powers, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, reconciliation, legal history, Brown v. Board of Education, Sweatt v Painter, Tom Russell, Thomas Russell, University of Denver
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