When you think of political correctness, consummate white-guy novelist and Nobel Laureate John Steinbeck probably doesn’t come to mind. But way back in 1937, he actually apologized for the representation of people of color in his novel Tortilla Flat.
The book tells the story of a community of Northern California Hispanics called paisanos. In Steinbeck’s telling, they are joyous drinkers and dancers, who loaf and down wine and live in happy community with another. The author was earnest in his admiration for the paisanos, but his portrayal would make many modern readers uncomfortable.W