Your symbols of resistence will be assimilated through reterritorialization by Capitalism
Walt Whitman makes me feel melodramatic. A good space for creativity.
Yuppies call jeans, “denim.”
When we speak about cultural appropriation we limit our thinking to the horizontal plane instead of the vertical one. We often discuss cultural appropriation as a people of color versus white issue. While this does indeed happen, we miss the larger picture.
Cultural appropriation is a behavior of colonialism. Colonialists move into a culture and exploit resources for a quick buck. Resources might include intellectual property, natural resources, and human bodies.
For example, the upper-crust has a history of exploiting lower class foods. Proteins are especially valuable. The amount of protein a fetus receives while growing correlates with intelligence and overall health. If you would like to keep a segment of society dumb and unhealthy--limit their access to proteins.
An interesting case study is lobster meat. Lobsters are overgrown-scum-sucking-bugs, so why would a wealthy person ever eat such a nasty thing? At one-point in history lobster was spread as fertilizer and served to prisoners. Now, lobster as a delicacy is priced out of reach for most humans.
Jeans follow a similar pattern. They began as clothing for working class people. At one point they were an icon of rebellion. Now they are main-stream fashion costing more than $1000 per pair. A first-world tragedy would be dropping butter soaked lobster on your high-end denim.