Let me begin this article on the premise that I do not know Sean Douglas. I have never met the guy, but he has elevated the conversation with his candor, acute memory and research ability, in an exponential way. Mr. Douglas has educated Dominicans with his knowledge, information and wealth of experience. It would therefore be remiss of me to neglect to acknowledge the fantastic job he has done in such a brief period. I must, however, make it abundantly clear, that this is by no means intended to discredit anyone’s efforts, but to speak truth to power.
Sean’s intellectualism, eloquence and valor have set him apart from most in his criticisms of the Skerrit administration. His unique ability to revert to past events, with granular details, is remarkable. No matter the subject matter, Mr Douglas has a past event to appropriately reference. His capacity in this area is unmatched.
Sean was able to muster the fortitude to call out influential Dominicans the likes of Eustace Thomas, Gregor Nassief and Lennox Honychurch, who could use their influences to pressure the government to effect much-needed changes to their corrupt policies, but choose not to. To my memory, very few on the airwaves have ventured to do such a remarkable thing, and that’s commendable.
Needless to say Mr. Douglas’ departure will leave a significant void in the area of media education, agitation and mobilization. What set him apart was his ability to educate and engage—as opposed to primarily creating a platform where disgruntled Dominicans could vent their grievances. Listeners of Q95 have already demonstrated their nostalgia about the end of Sean’s tenure. It’s now entirely up to Sheridan Gregoire and the rest of management to forge a way to incorporate Sean into the Q family wherever and whenever possible. Of course it is contingent on Mr. Douglas’ interest level and or his availability. Such a move would be beneficial to management, the listening public, and Dominica as a whole.