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Entry from March 21, 2019
“I can’t believe I still have to protest this shit”

"I can’t believe I/we still have to protest this crap/shit” is a popular sign at many protest marches. “I can’t believe I still have to protest this crap” was printed in the Courier-News (Bridgewater, NJ) on March 19, 2006, about a protest of the Iraq War. “I Can’t Believe We Still Have to Protest This Crap”—about social issues—was posted on Reddit on November 10, 2008.

“Sign from Cali: ‘I can’t believe we still have to protest this shit’” was posted on Twitter by CaroLyn J on June 9, 2009. “I can’t believe I still have to protest this fucking shit” was posted on Twitter by patryk⛦ on October 3, 2016.


19 March 2006, Courier-News (Bridgewater, NJ), “Iraq war denounced at Somerville rally” by Kim Brown, pg. D1:
Others held signs that read “Vietnam II: The Sequel,” “Not one more death, not one more dollar” and “I can’t believe I still have to protest this crap.”

Twitter
Reddit
@reddit
I Can’t Believe We Still Have to Protest This Crap: submitted by allergic to pics [link] [18 comments] http://tinyurl.com/56yo78
5:09 PM - 10 Nov 2008

Google Groups: Atlanta Skeptics
Re: [Atlanta Skeptics] Re: Proposition 8 Protest
phl...@charter.net
11/11/08
I looked some up online and found some good ones.

“Gay is the new black”
“I can’t believe we still have to protest this crap”

MassLive
California ban on same-sex marriage denounced by protesters in Northampton, Mass.
Updated Nov 15, 2008; Posted Nov 15, 2008
By The Republican Newsroom
By STEPHANIE BARRY
(...)
Their messages varied, including “No More Mrs. Nice Gay,” “End the H8,” and 21-year-old Matthew DeWinkeleer’s, which he word-smithed himself: “I can’t believe we still have to protest this crap,” it read.

Twitter
CaroLyn J
@xxcaro
RT @yurikokinje Sign from Cali: “I can’t believe we still have to protest this shit.” Me either.
6:38 AM - 9 Jun 2009

Twitter
Heidi Massey
@HeidiEKMassey
Replying to @HildyGottlieb
@HildyGottlieb @ken_homer Just shared photo on FB of a woman with poster that said, “I cannot believe I still have to protest this shit.”
11:15 PM - 5 Mar 2012

Twitter
Salon
@Salon
The pro-choice reawakening: “I cannot believe I still have to protest this shit.” http://shar.es/g8I2C #fem2
11:51 AM - 6 Mar 2012

12 March 2012, Politico (Arlington, VA), “Women facing sexual McCarthyism” by Jennifer Granholm:
I hope it serves to create a whole new generation of activists. Unfortunately, those activists may need to fight the same fight their grandmothers fought in the ’60s. A woman protesting in Virginia held a sign that summed it up: “I can’t believe we still have to protest this sh—.” Elections have consequences, and today we are seeing the consequences of the nation falling asleep during the election of 2010.

The New Yorker
Political Scene: The Politics of Contraception
By Matthew McKnight March 15, 2012
“I thought the whole issue was summed up very well in the sign of a protester. Her sign said, ‘I can’t believe I still have to protest this shit,’” Ryan Lizza says in this week’s Political Scene podcast. She’s not the only one. “Contraception is used and accepted by the vast majority of American women, including the vast majority of Catholic women,” Margaret Talbot says. “This seems to me like the unlikeliest time imaginable for contraception, of all things, to suddenly be in political play again.”

Google Books
In Search of the Movement:
The Struggle for Civil Rights Then and Now

By Benjamin Hedin
San Francisco, CA: City Lights
2015
Pg. ?:
Many carried placards—I CAN’T BELIEVE I STILL HAVE TO PROTEST THIS SHIT!—although the farther one got from the stage, the more leisurely it was.

Twitter
sztefan
@monczosronczo
czy na jutrzejszą demonstrację mogę zabrać napis a3 ‘i can’t believe we still have to protest this fucking shit’ czy może lepiej inny tekst?
2:11 PM - 30 Sep 2016

Twitter
patryk⛦
@tvthagata
“I can’t believe I still have to protest this fucking shit”.
#CzarnyProtest
#czarnyponiedziałek
#blackprotest
1:20 PM - 3 Oct 2016

Twitter
Lydia Gall
@LydsG
Quite possibly the coolest protest sign ever. Stand by #Poland’s women in their fight against medieval abortion ban proposal #CzarnyProtest
(A woman holds a sign reading, “I CAN’T BELIEVE I STILL HAVE TO PROTEST THIS FUCKING SHIT.”—ed.)
4:36 AM - 4 Oct 2016

Twitter
Anna Barbara Grotto
@AnnaBabyGrotto
“I can’t believe I still have to protest this fucking shit”
#CzarnyProtest #MYBODYMYCHOICE #mybodymyrights #mybodymydecision
7:42 AM - 4 Oct 2016

Google Books
Misogyny:
The New Activism

By Gail Ukockis
New York, NY: Oxford University Press
2019
Pg. 17:
One protest sign in recent marches says: “I can’t believe I still have to protest this s***.” Yes, misogyny has experienced a resurgence that is as persistent as the most noxious weed. 

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Thursday, March 21, 2019 • Permalink