Paul Cale Jr. defends his late father against charges of racism

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The son of a prominent former Albemarle County Public Schools superintendent who's come under fire came to town to set the record straight.

Paul Cale, Jr., for whose father Paul H. Cale Elementary School was named, was a guest on the Rob Schilling show at WINA radio to defend his late father's name, for alleged racist comments he made toward black people back in the 1950s.

Cale says the comments were not indicative of how his father felt, and that quite the opposite, his dad worked to build quality schools for African-American children.

But he says it was a lengthy legal process.

"What was the man going to do when it was against the law if you integrated if he let students come into that school, the state was not going to pay the county any money, so they could not pay the teachers, they would have to shut down," said Cale.

He adds his father worked to consolidate separate Albemarle County black and white schools.

"I think it was 1967, it was total integration, he retired in 1969," he said.

Cale also says quotes attributed to his dad are questionable since they were paraphrased in the original publication.

There has been talk of changing the name of Cale Elementary School, but Cale's son says first and foremost, he wants to protect his father's reputation.



 
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