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During the lecture on Monday, I don’t remember exactly what it was, but there was a slide with an image with quotes from DREAMers, and one of them quotes Audre Lorde saying “There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.”  I’m pretty sure that the quotes were from LGBT DREAMers, but that could be wrong.

In Beltran’s paper, she discusses the politics of ‘coming out’ with regards to the DREAM Act and how they are trying to emulate LGBT rights.  Beltran specifically mentions the “Coming Out of the Shadows” campaigns that was “explicitly modeled after on National Coming Out Day.”  The main point she is addressing is the rejection of secrecy, and the desire to become speakable.

I think it might be interesting to consider these linkages from the standpoint of Baudrillard’s discussion of Simulacra and Simulation.  Baudrillard mostly discussed these topics with regards to symbols and signs, and how the simulate ‘reality.’  He then talks about how these symbols construct a perceived reality until the reality is no longer recognizable.  To what extent is this DREAM act emulation of the LGBT rights movement creating a malleable reality where we no longer know what rights we are fighting for?

To go back to the quote from the DREAMer quoting Lorde, it seems like it might be easy to play devil’s advocate and say that with social causes, it’s easy to just take a social problem that people case about, and latch your new problems onto that.  This way the traction from the one cause is used to help the new cause, and make them seem like a package deal, picking up support from people who otherwise may not have supported the cause.  This may seem morally questionable to some people.  However, you could also say that other issues are just as important, and utilizing the popularity of an existing movement to raise awareness for another is a completely legitimate method for getting the word out, and if it works, there is no reason not to do it.