Newspaper clipping headlined, "Clements is uncaring, White tells Hispanics," May 17, 1986
A Houston Chronicle clipping headlined, "Clements is uncaring, White tells Hispanics," May 17, 1986, on Mark White's stance on William Clements' policies' effect on Mexican Americans. White also discusses oil spills and education reform.
Clippings (information artifacts)
White, Mark, 1940-
EducationEducational changeOil SpillsHispanic Americans--Politics and governmentMexican Americans
"White Interregnum, 1983-1986"
Texas A&M University
Cushing Memorial Library and Archives
"William P. Clements Campaign Records, 1977-1989"
Campaign Records Addendum
Cushing Memorial Library & Archives
Clements Texas Papers
Clements is uncaring, White tells Hispanics HOUSTON D'r By RAUL REYES Houston Chronicle VW 1166 COLLEGE STATION — Gov. Mark White told members of the League of United Latin American Citizens that the election of former Gov. Bill Dem- ents would mean the election of an man uncaring or insensitive to the Rut- panic community. ''Ask the members of the Mexican- American caucus in the Texas Legisla- ture. It does very little good for this state to be proud of what's happening in north Dallas and not even know what's happening in South Texas," White said Friday. Ile told about 200 delegates attending the LULAC state convention that an example of Clements' insensitivity was when an oil well owned by Sedco, a company then-owned by Clements, spilled oil off the Texas and Mexican coast in 1979. "My predecessor's comment back then was that there was a little oil spill down the oast," White said. "And when be said it, it threatened Mexican beaches and it threatened Texas beaches. And he said, 'Oh, that's much ado about nothing one little hurricane will take care of that.' You don't pray for hurricanes in Corpus Christi, and I know you don't in Galveston. "We can't afford that type of atti- tude," White said. "We don't need con- frontation politics between people In Texas, and I think that's the history ye had before. The record of my predeces- sor was that of attacking people in. Texas." The governor said that, In threc years, he had appointed more Hispan- ics than Clements during his four-year term. The two men face each other in a reverse replay of the 1962 contest when Clements. then the incumbent, was up- set by White. White. who has been criticized by teachers upset at a required literacy test, criticized Clements for not doing more for teachers. "He had the chance to stand up for better teacher salaries but he fought against them year after year," White said. White said public education reforms approved by the Legislature in 1984, funded in part by a 84.6 billion tax in- crease, would help all Texans, but espe- cially young, poor Hispanics The re- forms, he said, would help reduce the high dropout rate among Hispanic chil- dren. "Yes, I raised taxes," the governor said. "I asked the people for more money for education, for our teachers. I think it was the right thing to do, and I'd do it again." He said teachers would be justified in ,asking for pay raises in addition to those included in the 1984 reforms. "We mide a dramatic improvement on pay for our teachers, but I think that the justification can still be made that they need more money But whether or not tbey an' more money is going to be tough, White said _after the speech.