I have a history as well. We all do.
It's interesting that hbar got crap for his long hair, rock band T-shirts, leather jacket look, and all that he describes. Maybe that's how Chicago was. In Seattle, though, he might well have become a celebrity! Long blonde hair, blue eyes, rocker-type dress? Oh, yeah. I never heard of the police harassing any such person. I did hear, though, of them mistreating Black people, even if well-dressed. Sir Mix-A-Lot tells a story about how he got pulled over by six cop cars, all full of White officers, for driving his Lamborghini, while Black. No, he did not exceed the speed limit.
And here's the lyrics to the song he wrote about this problem.
When I was living in Seattle going to school, I had White females clutching their purses and crossing the street to get away from me, 1950's style. I even had them look behind them, see me walking to class, and actually start *running* from me. This would happen at all times of the year, and even more so during the summer (I happen to tan rather well). Yes, we do actually have a few days of sun in Seattle! :-) I was dressed in either a T-shirt or a golf shirt, with jeans that actually fit me properly (no "baggie bottoms" or other such nonsense), and either tennis/running shoes or Birkenstock knock-offs. In short, I dressed like a typical Seattleite. Oh, and being a student, I often had my backpack full of books with me.
Seattle is definitely a so-called "liberal" city, overwhelmingly voting Democrat and being enviro-greenie (that last part, I do like and share the belief). "Crunchy" is a word often associated with the people of Seattle. I learned, through my classes, that these White females that would do that were also typically feminists who voted Democrat and claimed to be "civil-rights minded". I saw a bunch of them in the University's NOW chapter the one time I went.
This was in the 1990's. I could hardly believe it. That stuff's supposed to be an artifact of the 1950's and 1960's, not the dot-com era! But it was and apparently still is.
Interesting what hbar mentions about hitchhikers. I was driving my pickup truck ("that thar" truck, as Dad used to call it) one night, close to the university. A couple of younger Black men were hitchhiking. I thought, "what the heck, I survived those 'evil Moslems' in the Middle East, I think I'll be OK with a couple of hitchhikers." Was slightly out of my way, but not too far from the girlfriend's house on Capitol Hill. They were so grateful. I reflected afterward that there were probably very few Seattleites who would've given those two young men a ride.
During this same period, I heard Dad tell me of the racial discrimination that he was facing in Las Vegas, to where where he had recently moved. What he was describing would be considered actionable from a legal perspective. I actually doubted what he was telling me, it was so outrageous and blatant...until I got there. I lived in Las Vegas for a year and a half, and I saw what he was talking about. Couldn't believe this was happening in 1998, almost the 21st Century. But it was, and I saw him go through it. Wow.
Then I moved to Virginia and saw Confederate flags and President Barack Obama's head being used as the bullseye on targets. People were shooting at those targets. One time, when I was the RSO-on-duty, a couple of asshats brought in such a target. That time, I could do something about it, and I threw them off of my range.
And, of course, there's what I saw from the White feminists in the 2008 election. If they could've called the police on Barack and stopped his candidacy that way, and thought they could get away with it, I'm sure they would have.
And that's why I don't give Chris Cukor a "pass", either. Matter of fact, I'd say this Mr. Cukor is another example of why they kneel.