Slave traders transfer captives to a ship along the western coast of Africa for shipment across the Atlantic Ocean to enslavement in the Americas. (1881 engraving; Grafissimo, Getty Images)

Recently, on June 24, 2021, the Chair of the Republican Study Committee, US Representative Jim Banks of Indiana, released an ironclad monster strawman argument voicing as official an opposing viewpoint to the bogeyman named Critical Race Theory as we may ever get.

“We are in a culture war,” wrote Rep. Banks. “On one side, Republicans are working to renew American patriotism and rebuild our country. On the other, Democrats have embraced and…