Here is the response that I received from my co-worker to the email I discussed yesterday:
"Thanks for letting me know your feelings. I thought about it later myself and thought that was pretty bad and shouldn't have sent it. I too, know a lot of people who have come to this country and have made the world a much better place and work harder than a lot of others we all know. You and one of my sisters always let me know when they don't appreciate something I've sent out. Thanks for being honest instead of just getting mad at me because I truly should have known better!"
I am glad that this did not turn into some ugly thing. This is hard to deal with especially when you work with an individual but I feel good about the outcome. The thing that I have realized about all of this is that before I was a mom I am not sure I would have even said anything. I probably would have just gone about my day and thought badly of that person. However, I now see things through the eyes of a mom, what would I say to my child if she was confronted with something like this? Would I suggest she just let it slide? No, so I can't do that either. I am glad that I stated my points and did not offend her.
If you are interested in reading the poem, I was able to find a link on snopes.com that discusses the poem. What do you think, do you think I reacted the correct way? Oh, the poem I received also included animation of Asian and Mexican caricatures (yeah, very tasteful).