Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Douglass says "bad as all slaveholders are, we seldom meet one destitute of every element of character commanding respect." How does Douglass's willingness to grant some goodness to most slaveholdes lend credibility to his anti-slavery stance?

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I think this might point to Douglass as person who thought himself a good judge of character even when examining his oppressors. Douglass also has a messianic sense of himself which allows him to judge even slave holders with a tempered reserve.