Idaho state lawmakers have proposed to cut more than $400,000 from Boise State University. The lawmakers cited the school’s “extremist ideologies such as those tied to social justice, racism, Marxism, socialism, or communism.”
Republican lawmakers in Idaho proposed slashing $409,000 from Boise State University’s diversity initiative budget. The action continues their campaign against social justice initiatives that have become common at American universities.
Discussing the issue at a budget meeting on March 3, Rep. Pricilla Giddings said, “We do not want to appropriate funds, we don’t want funds expended for courses, programs, services or trainings that confer support for extremist ideologies such as those tied to social justice, racism, Marxism, socialism, or communism.”
One concern of lawmakers is that some Boise State programs described as promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion segregate students by race.