Students Say 'Millionaire' Mascot Is Divisive

As a way of recognizing the kindness and generosity of their benefactors,  Lenox Memorial Middle and High School named its mascot—"The Millionaires."
As a way of recognizing the kindness and generosity of their benefactors, Lenox Memorial Middle and High School named its mascot—"The Millionaires." (Public Domain)

Many years ago, Americans of wealth and privilege vacationed in a place called Lenox, Massachusetts.

Over the years, many of them gave back by lavishing the community with philanthropy. They built a school and purchased uniforms for local children.

The Berkshire Eagle reported that the millionaires were central to the survival of the town after many citizens left to fight in the wars.

As a way of recognizing the kindness and generosity of their benefactors,  Lenox Memorial Middle and High School named its mascot—"The Millionaires."

But a new generation of students say it's time for a new nickname—because they feel the word "millionaire" has become offensive and divisive.

A recent survey found that 67 percent of the student body was in favor of a new nickname.

"While the name beautifully memorializes the millionaires who supported our school and town during a difficult time, the majority of our student body feels no longer represented by the name," one student leader told the newspaper.

The student leader went on to say that some students have been bullied because of the nickname and they "embarrassed to wear school jackets in public for fear of being made fun of, or about going to basketball games, listening to spectators make rude comments regarding the mascot."

But the crux of the matter is the divide between the haves and the have-nots.

"In today's polarizing political climate, the term 'millionaires' has become associated with the top one percent of our country, which excludes and burdens a very large majority of the population and currently plans a large role in the division of the United States" the student leader told the newspaper.

Instead of explaining to the children that success and wealth are to be commended and not condemned, the school district said they would take up the name change request at an upcoming meeting.

There's a reason why one of the most successful game shows on television was called, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and not Who Wants to live in Poverty?

State Rep. William Pignatelli applauded students for being engaged and supports the idea of a better name.

"To use that phrase when people young and old are struggling is a poor reflection of what Lenox is all about," he told the newspaper.

Mr. Pignatelli, by the way, is a Democrat.

It's unfortunate the kids at Lenox High School are ashamed of the prosperity that built their school and put clothes on their backs.

But since they are shopping for a new moniker, perhaps I could offer some suggestions. How about the Lenox High School Mighty Paupers or the Fighting Food Stampers?

Todd Starnes is host of "Fox News & Commentary," heard on hundreds of radio stations. Sign up for his American Dispatch newsletter, be sure to join his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter. His latest book is The Deplorables' Guide to Making America Great Again.


To contact us or to submit an article, click here.


Get Charisma's best content delivered right to your inbox! Never miss a big news story again. Click here to subscribe to the Charisma News newsletter.

Five ways to deepen your relationship with God, increase your faith and save money!

  • Deepen Your Relationship with God with a FREE eCourse: Click Here to view all of our free e-Courses. Favorite topics include Fear, Forgiveness, Holy Spirit, Supernatural, and How to Hear God.
  • Super Discounts and Close-Out Specials: Click Here to view all our bundles and close-out specials and save up to 86%! Prayer, Holy Spirit, Anointing, the Supernatural and more.
  • God Wants to Anoint Women Now: Rise up and enter the anointing of Deborah, Anna, Esther, Ruth and Hannah. You were called to go higher. Click Here to learn more.
  • Change Your Atmosphere and Circumstances Through Prayer! John Eckhardt's prayer bundle gives you six powerful books to help you pray and change any situation. Click Here.
  • HUGE Bible Sale!: Click Here to save up to 50% off a great selection of Bibles. Plus, get a free gift with each order!

Subscription Special: Subscribe to Charisma for Only $24.97 and get a free gift. With your subscription, you'll receive Born For Significance by best-selling author Bill Johnson. View Offer

Attention Pastors and Leaders: Leadership training and development are crucial for success. Enroll in a FREE 1-hour leadership mini-course by Dr. Mark Rutland. View Details

Charisma News - Informing believers with news from a Spirit-filled perspective