“Thus do all things express their humility to Allah. All the living creatures in the heavens and the earth and all the angels make obeisance in adoration of Allah ALONE…”
The above verses make it clear that ‘prostration’ or obeisance is due to Allah ALONE, so how come angels are asked to bow down to Adam if he wasn’t a God, or if he wasn’t God Himself?”
It's symbolic. It has profound symbolic meaning. God asked Satan to bow down to his creation, humankind. Satan refused and was tossed from heaven by God. The meaning is that when we do not mutually respect one another and all the God-created human races, then we are being Satan. That is against Divine law, Divine command. Racists follow the example of hellish Satan. Satanic examples are the KKK, Stormfront, etc. They are with Satan.
IMHO, of course!