Thanks for sharing your experience in this piece. I appreciate knowing what it takes for a non-Black person to encounter otherness.
If you haven't already done so, you might find it interesting and enlightening to read Ralph Ellison's classic novel "Invisible Man." That word "invisible" is key.
Given the experiences you've reported here, I think you'll understand what he says about how Black skin makes a man invisible to others. Most white people never really see him. They see only the color of his skin.
Louisville was a lovely city when I used to travel there on business.