When you stop assuming that people’s reasons to treat you poorly are based on discrimination, a whole new world of possibilities opens up.
Respect is not something you can demand or force people to give you. It is something you inspire in others through your behavior.
It is unlikely that the person in front of you will appreciate you more when you are chronically sorry. And in the workplace, this pattern can hold you back because you will appear to lack confidence and people will be less likely to trust that you can do a great job.