Whether or not Serial misuses race is not for me, as a white person, to say. However, I have to say that not a single piece of evidence used in this article does anything to prove that Serial has a race problem. Koenig isn’t putting Hae and Adnan in to the model minority stereotype, at least as quoted here. She is simply stating facts about them. Adnan is an honor role student. Why does Koenig point this out? To make the listener more comfortable with his race by making him a “model minority”? Or to make the listener understand why it would surprise those that knew him that he was convicted of murder? It would be very difficult for you to prove to me that Koenig meant the former and not the latter — since the latter is basically the premise of Serial. Switching to Jay, there are several glaring problems with your argument. First, Jay isn’t the foil to Adnan because Jay is black. He is the foil to Adnan because it was Jay who accused him of murder, and who (assuming for a second that Adnan is innocent), essentially ruined Adnan’s life. When Koenig visits Jay, he seems frustrated. Is he frustrated because he is a menacing black man? Or is he frustrated because he thinks Adnan should confess? In my memory, actually the latter is EXPLICITLY STATED. And Koenig explicitly says, even in your quotation, that Jay’s frustration is understandable. So what does this have to do with Jay’s race? TL;DR this article is terrible even for Buzzfeed, especially for one of Buzzfeed’s longer articles. The author and the editors that let this article pass through should be ashamed of themselves.