people of california

I get really sketched out when people bring up California’s former history as a part of Mexico as a point of pride. Mexico was also a colonial state, and the time of Spanish then Mexican rule resulted in the deaths of 160,000 California Natives. Mexico actively engaged in *many* massacres of Native peoples in California. I understand it gets brought up as a way to critique oppressive/racist nationalism and border policy in the US, but for certain that can be done without celebrating another violent colonial history.