Recently an image recognition application incorrectly labelled a photograph of a couple of black humans as gorillas. The makers of the app felt the need to apologise, presumably because they think this is potentially insulting to humanity as a whole, or some groups of humans.
But setting aside our pride, let’s consider for a moment how nearly the application got it right. Humans and gorillas certainly look very alike, and they share a taxonomic family. Biologically speaking,the application merely failed to discriminate between genera. To put this into perspective, the magnitude of the error is akin to that of mistaking a mako shark for a great white.
Also, suppose that the software very incorrectly labelled the couple as, say, yellow wood trees. In such a case I doubt that the mistake would have been anything more than a technical issue. For some reason humans become more aware of their self-proclaimed pedigree when compared or confused with, at least, fellow mammals.
The gorilla, of course, is a perfectly interesting, good and lovely modern beast. We cannot voice our indignation when accidentally being confused with one without also admitting our specieist view towards what is one of our nearest relatives.
Perhaps, sometimes, we are just being too fossey fussy.