If you want to be respected by others the great thing is to respect yourself. Only by that, only by self-respect will you compel others to respect you.
When I was in the hospital for a few days, there was a special someone there for me.
“A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and for others. When he has no respect for anyone, he can no longer love, and, in order to divert himself, having no love in him, he yields to his impulses, indulges in the lowest forms of pleasure, and behaves in the end like an animal. And it all comes from lying – lying to others and to yourself.”
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white. It’s our basic human right.