People will treat you exactly how you allow them to treat you. If you don’t want to be treated like you’re less than, put a stop to it. If you don’t like it when people talk down to you, then stand up to them. You don’t like the way people treat you, let them know their treatment of you is unacceptable. If you don’t speak up and educate others as to how it’s appropriate to treat you, then people will think it’s okay to walk all over you…and they will. You have the power. Put a stop to it now., or prepare to be walked all over.