I agree. Every time a young Black person is killed by a White Supremacists or anti-Black Black person in law enforcement harming one of ours, my mind instantly goes to animals. It doesn’t matter what kind. It can be dogs, whales, or as in the case you described the gorilla, White people see more humanity in animals than they do Black people. Period.
And every time one of these examples happen again, I can see the inhumanity in them more clearly. Harambe the gorilla got more attention and compassion than the poor Black kid.