As Sigmund Freud supposedly said: Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

Same with things that are said about race. Sometimes something said about race isn't racist, but sometimes we're all just too PC to face up to that fact.

For instance, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was caught on tape saying something about a fellow California politician — a woman, a woman he likes — which a lot of people are gasping was racist.

Schwarzenegger said: "Cuban, Puerto-Rican, they are all very hot. They have the, you know, part of the black blood in them and part of the Latino blood in them that together makes it."

He was talking about Bonnie Garcia, a Latina legislator. Garcia says she is not bothered by the governor's remarks. She refers to herself as a hot-blooded Latina — very passionate about her causes and issues.

But The L.A. Times got hold of the tape and printed the remarks and the implication is that the governor is racist because he said what he said.

He isn't.

Not every observation made about race is racist. And when a person makes an observation about race it isn't always, per se, racist.

So can we just lighten up?

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

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