Reuters, April 15, 2021
With calls for police reform and protests across the United States, software engineer Bryant Young is hoping to use virtual reality (VR) to fight racism.
“Our America” puts the viewer in the driver’s seat as a Black father takes his son to school. Along the way, they are pulled over by the police, leading to life and death choices.
“The audience has to go through these different scenarios, whether it’s subtle or overt racism and has to navigate these different conversations and interactions properly,” explained 25-year-old Young.
“I am really focused on just trying to bring light to a situation that a lot of people are not aware of and give people a chance to experience what it’s like to be Black in America,” he said.
“Our America” caught the eye of 3D software company Unity Software Inc, which awarded Young a $25,000 grant.