In Star Wars, droids are frequently treated as second-class citizens by most of the galaxy. Even your working class people don't treat them with respect (see Owen Lars, A New Hope). Why is this? I mean, you could say that it's because they're man-made beings, but various canon sources have shown that they seem to be no less sentient than an organic being. Various examples of this include (and this barely begins to cover it):
- Star Wars Rebels - C1-10P (Chopper) reluctantly accompanies Ezra Bridger to Tatooine and through the desert.
- The Legends of Luke Skywalker - One story is told from a worker droid's point of view, as it is captured and reprogrammed into a cruel enforcer, feeling regret as it is forced to abuse others of its kind and inflict pain while being powerless to stop it.
- From a Certain Point of View - R5-D4 finds enough emotion (hope) to damage his motivator and allow R2-D2 to come into the possession of Luke Skywalker and save the galaxy.
All of these examples that I just listed are canon. Now, with thoughts and feelings such as this, why are droids not considered sentient?