I'll turn that on it's head and say if I had the misfortune to be in her presence I'd tell her not to be so fucking idiotic; she's just made herself look stupid and deluded. A bit like Senda imagining he's a professional reporter/broadcaster.
Oh; it isn't Marxist. Just deluded. She possibly thought she'd never make it using her own skills (If she had any) and instead used her guile to weave this crap. That so many actually believed her, probably says more about others than her...King's new clothes sprint to mind.
But if you were wrong, and she really was black, you could get into trouble "hate speech" "gender-based sexism" or some such nonsense.
This was less about Emperor's New Clothes and more about political-correctness and leftist thought. Spokane is very sensitive with regard to race-matters, as are many cities, and likely give her the statue grants, EWU hiring her so that they can claim "diversity" on their staff, etc because nobody, particularly white people want to be seen as racist or not "diverse" after decades of lawsuits, media attention, race-hustling, race riots, and so forth. Why risk it? If some nutjob says she is black (and due to decades of race mixing you can have many shades of color and it such a sensitive area so that you wouldn't want to question it) throw her a few bucks, you can claim you are diverse, you won't get sued, and you won't have "gentle giants" protesting or rioting.
It will be interesting to see if the supposedly "hate crimes" she reported will be investigated further. If they turn out to be fake, like happens so many other times, she should be billed for the police man-hours to investigate and charged with false reporting.