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Black Republican: Protesters' Tactics Hurt Their Own Cause

By    |   Monday, 05 Jan 2015 06:53 PM

The people protesting against what they believe to be racist police need to learn the old adage about catching more flies with honey than vinegar, according to Louisiana State Senator Elbert Guillory.

"If the goal is social change, if the goal is to make more friends and to convince them to assist in a movement, the in-your-face disruptions, violence, riots, will not do that," Guillory said Monday on Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto."

"They'll lose more friends than they make."

Guillory said there are numerous legitimate cases of police misconduct from the Rodney King beating in Los Angeles to the broomstick rape by New York police officers of Abner Louima.

Police officers guilty of crimes should be punished, Guillory said, but added that violent confrontation with police is not the right way to handle it.

Guillory told Cavuto that children are no longer taught at home or school to respect authority, so when they become adults they don't know how not to confront police. The best way to challenge authority, he said, is through the courts, not in the streets.

"If you resist arrest, the chances are that things will end very badly for you," he said. "The possibility of your parents attending your funeral increase considerably."

Guillory, a conservative black Republican, came to national attention last fall when he made campaign ads against Democrat U.S. senators Mary Landrieu of his home state of Louisiana and Kay Hagan of North Carolina, accusing both of using black voters to get elected, but then ignoring them once in office.

He said on Monday that there are more black voices that should be heard other than those he called "race baiters" such as the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Sharpton, he said, is no Martin Luther King.

"I never use the terms Sharpton and King in the same sentence or in the same paragraph," Guillory said.

President Barack Obama, who has met with Sharpton in the White House more than 80 times, should listen to a variety of voices from the black community, Guillory said.

"If someone meets with Sharpton 80 times … I believe that the president is hearing one voice too often," he said.

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