Apparently, my posting 1838 has been misunderstood. I intended no defense of the tobacco or pork industries. Like you, I consider them indefensible. Moreover, I join you in supporting the phasing out of both industries. Clearly, NC will be better off without them, as will consumers. I was merely affirming p4p6's understanding of the historical linkage between the two. As Jean Jacques Rousseau is also considered a romantic, allow me to express some sympathy for farmers caught in the middle. In my community, "sunbelt" jobs have softened the economic blow.
On a personal note, I, too, remember Jim Crow. As a college student in the 1960s, I joined the struggle against it. I have always been proud of that. Since you cannot possibly know what I have internalized, your ad hominem attack on me is not very enlightened. As the dying Goethe said, "More light!"