In looking at the chapter we read by Paul C. Taylor, he argued that practices of racial identification vary from place to place as well as by time but the concept of races, however, remains steady throughout the world. I noticed this difference during my time in Europe. While I was abroad this past semester in the Czech Republic, I took many courses dealing with Czech Identity and Czech Nationalism where the concept of race appeared in numerous of the discussions. In looking to define the concept of race in the Czech sense, race pertains more to identity and history instead of skin color. Examples of race categories in the Czech Republic are pure Czechs, pure Slovaks, and gypsies/Roma. In this sense, it is interesting to point out how the majority of those living in the Czech Republic are white. Even though most inhabitants share the same skin color, those within the Czech nation must contain the idea of ‘ Czechness’. Within this framework, the Czech nation excludes any person deemed an outsider either through race language and race-talk.
Like other countries, the definition of the ‘other’ is spread through ‘race-thinking’ because they are able to identify one’s bloodline by looking at them. Furthermore, the idea of racial formation applies here through this historical and social context. In the case of the Roma population within the Czech Republic, they are excluded from much political discourse because their race does not match that of the Czech nation. They have always been looked down upon in society due to their lack of education, ‘savage’ like lifestyles, and communal living. Many of the Roma are uneducated therefore they cannot find jobs within the society leaving them to live in poverty. Because the Roma are poor, they tend to stick together by living on the outskirts of towns that in turn causes them to be left out of political discussion. They too, like minorities in the United States, experience lack of opportunity that comes from racial domination. This goes to show how Taylor is correct in arguing the concepts of races travels even if race itself pertains to time and place. I would go even further to add races travel, as does discrimination surrounding different races. By this, I believe the concept of races is enveloped with a stigma supported by racial superiority.