Karen Standerwick (Nevin): Reader defends Trump voters
As a Christian, a Missouri resident for 20 years and a white educated female who voted for Donald Trump, I take issue with what Vance Halfaker expressed in his letter printed in The Monett Times on Nov. 19.
I find it distressing he believes a majority of local citizens are ignorant and racist because we voted for Trump. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Just like the pundits got it wrong, Mr. Halfaker fails to understand why so many voters chose Trump.
It is not because "we do not like" and "do not want" Hispanics here. This community has embraced the Hispanic community, and "our comfortable white churches" have taken in and supported Hispanic churches, like First Baptist in Pierce City hosting a multi-state conference of Hispanic churches in September.
Instead of name-calling, he might ask himself what Trump voters were responding to. Even we were uncomfortable with Trump's image, but the message was real.
Our laws have not been enforced, our borders not respected, racial relations are not better, inner cities continue to suffer and our Constitution is not honored. The country's founding principles and values are being eroded. A vote for Clinton guaranteed continuing on that path.
I understand the concerns and fears that prompt Mr. Halfaker to take his position. I am glad many others disagree. The Christians I know bless the poor with time and funds, welcome foreigners and outsiders, respect women, believe we are all sinners and know we can do better. That is what time will tell.
Karen Standerwick (Nevin)