An Outlier On The Wrong End Of Cultural Warfare
At the time of Shia’s childhood, Echo Park was largely dominated by Latino individuals. Shia, as well as a few other outliers, were the only white boys in the neighborhood, and the schools. More often than not, their would be a cultural conflict; Shia experienced bullying on an ongoing basis, always looking over his shoulder, being a target of the bigger community.
Shia was no safer at home than he was on the streets. To start off, Shia grew up dirt poor.