I think that you could do it. I don’t see magic as anything but another form of power. It would just (just) be another imbalance of power, no different from the ones we have always had that result in those things you brought up.
I’m pretty sure you’re fundamentally missing th pain I’m talking about here.
Because what you’re proposing is basically ‘Somehow, despite everyone having -fucking magic- Europeans came out on top anyway’
Which means that European magic was just superior in some way and it can join the tragic happenstance of guns germs and steel? “Welp I guess genocide and colonialism and diaspora and such was just so gosh darn inevitable… indigenous magic tried its best but it just couldn’t do anything against smallpox and swine flu…”
Do you comprehend why that kind of fucks up my ability to enjoy writing that story? To be ok sending it out into the world for generations of indigenous people to read?
“I think you could do it, because why would magic have changed anything?”
THEN WHAT FUCKING GOOD IS MAGIC, HUH?