Grand Rapids Community College is under fire from a trustee for subsdizing “evil things,” such as funding a theater group that performed a play depicting Jesus as a gay man, reports the Grand Rapids Press. Trustee Richard Ryskamp also “objected to spending $30,000 for the Woodrick Diversity Learning Center and $15,000 for the Diversity Lecture Series, which last year included Angela Davis,” a former Black Panther and Communist Party candidate for vice president.
The board will debate funding controversial programs, probably at a retreat for board members. However, trustee Janice Maggini said the board should stick to making policy and avoid “stepping into operational matters,” which would be “inappropriate.”
In June, Ryskamp was the lone vote against the $106 million budget after members would not remove funding for the groups. He said it is wrong to ask students to pay higher tuition while the college subsidizes groups he said offer programs in the name of diversity but seem to cover only one side of the political spectrum.
“As a board member, we have a responsibility to the taxpayers and should be looking at whether groups we are supporting are espousing ideologies and are meeting a standard of decency,” Ryskamp said at the time.
He’d be on stronger ground if he questioned ideological bias rather than “evil.”
Via Washington Monthly’s College Guide