Yvel Guelce, Indiana

Editor’s Note: The essay below was written in 2001 and appears in the self-published book, Through Our Eyes: A Tapestry of Words and Images in Response to September 11. Printed and distributed in 2002, the book was the result of an independent, volunteer documentary project organized by a journalist and several friends. The author’s bio was written in 2002 and has not been updated.

Indianapolis, Indiana

Friends like Yvel Guelcé are hard to come by. The 23-year-old was born in Port Au Prince, Haiti, and moved to New York City when he was around 9 years old. He and his beloved pit bull, Stash, came to Indianapolis, Indiana, in 2001. Today, Yvel is a computer technician at the NCAA headquarters in downtown Indianapolis and works part-time at Pier1 Imports. He is also attending computer school. Yvel’s passions include basketball, music, celebrating his culture and helping his family and friends. He is Baptist. Yvel was at work when terrorists struck America. He wrote his essay in early October. It is titled, “God bless America. Then Try Again.”

Sometimes I sit back and try to figure out what would drive people to commit these awful crimes. And I came to a conclusion. We are human beings; we don’t react without cause and reason. That is what the media overlooks, but it is not our fault we rely on the information provided to us. There are always two sides to a story. It just happens to be that we, because of the media, possibly will never know the other side to this story. We just sit there blaming these guys for this terrible thing they did. Don’t get me wrong – they should be blamed for killing over 5,000 innocent bystanders – but I’m sure there is a reason. Only God and the so-called government will ever know what really went on that caused all those innocent people to die.

The government lets us know what it believes we should. For example, on Sept. 11, 2001, it was announced that four planes had been hijacked by terrorists. Two of them crashed into the Trade Center in New York City, one of them crashed into the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and the fourth one supposedly crashed somewhere in Pennsylvania. No further details on that plane. Reason being we shouldn’t know what really happened, because the media would not know how to handle the fact the plane was shot down by the U.S. military. Eyewitnesses stated they saw the plane being shot down. I only saw that on the news once.


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