I have a colleague who is going to the Women’s March in St Louis. I’m willing to give her the benefit of the doubt and assume she isn’t an anti-Semite, just clueless. Or indifferent.
This is a huge double standard, of course. Nobody would give the benefit of the doubt to an event organized by supporters of Richard Spencer who are on record with a history of racist comments. And rightfully so. These are horrible people who don’t deserve the benefit of the doubt.
But we are constantly giving the benefit of the doubt to anti-Semites or their indifferent supporters. There’s something really wrong with that.