In Nafissa Thompson-Spires's story “The Body’s Defense Against Itself,” we catch up with Fatima as an adult. She is in the midst of yoga poses when Fatima notices another Black woman in the yoga session. Fatima looks back on her childhood relationship with Christinia, the only Black girl in her elementary school.
In one instance, Fatima reflects on her conflicts and rivalries with other Black girls and that preceded her thoughts about the Black woman in her yoga class. At the end of the story, she recalls, “I’ve been doing this yoga since I was a child. I wish I were more evolved” (64). Apparently, Fatima realizes that she somehow struggled with the only other Black girl or Black woman for quite some time.
It’s easy and understandable to have a judgement about Fatima’s struggles with the only other one. But for now, let’s replacement judgement with curiosity.
What’s something you became curious about, wondered about, or questioned as a result of reading this story? In brief, why would the question you raised or what you became curious about be important to consider?