You, as a person, do not have to BE racist to make racially insensitive remarks. It doesn't matter if YOU think it is okay, it matters if the person being called a monkey feels the sting of that remark as a racial slur. You guys can (WP and GC) can think all day long you are right, but put it into practice. Start insulting black dudes by calling them chimps and monkeys to their faces. I bet you are too scared to do it. Hell, drop the N-bomb on some white guys and then do it to some black guys and just explain that it's not racist, you call everyone that. See how far it gets you.