My grandma and my parents and everyone used to call kids "porch monkeys". It's like calling them rugrats. But apparently it's racist to some people. I called the neighbor's kid a porch monkey a while ago and his mom was like "what did you just call my kid?" She asked with a giggle but it was clear she thought of it as a racist term. When I explained that where I am from, it's not racist...it's just a jest that means unruly child, she giggled and said "I like that. It fits."
So in light of that, was porch monkey ever a racist term? Is it a racist term sometimes? Is it no longer a racist term between my neighbor and myself?