From the earliest times of his years at UCLA he always thought
that we couldn't deal with race problems in the US just by dealing
with the US, but we had to look at them internationally. So,
in the mid-thirties, he's trying to get us to see that fascism
is a real threat both internationally and in the United States,
and he writes to this effect. He says: "we
tend to regard our problems as peculiar to our own country.
My view is that our problems are merely a part of a universal
pattern which applies to minority groups and to non-Europeans
throughout the entire world. My plea is, of course, for an international
approach to the problems of the American Negro",
and this is something he pursued throughout his life.