What does "in a coons age" mean?

Question:The debate is either it refers to a racoon or a racial slur. Can anyone shed light on this phrase?

In my neck of the woods this expression is used frequently .I had always assumed it meant the life span of a raccoon. I never thought about it ever being a racial slur.At any rate I don't know how long a coon lives but when used as an expression it's a very long time.
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