I don’t post as often as I should, but right now I’m curious about something.

Since when does a white supremacist gunman, lover of racist states like Rhodesia, apartheid South Africa, and the Confederate States of America have black friends?

According to a number of reports, many of the man’s Facebook friends were black. And in various news reports, some of his black friends are actually quoted:

Last Wednesday — exactly one week before the Charleston church massacre — Roof told his friends and neighbors at the park that “he was looking to kill a bunch of people on Wednesday” at the College of Charleston, Scriven said.

The friends assumed Roof, known for his dry sense of humor, was joking.

“He’s weird. You don’t know when to take him seriously and when not to,” said Scriven, who is black.

The College of Charleston said Roof had no connection to the public university.

Another black friend (assuming this sicko had friends) confirms the same thing:

“I never thought he’d do something like this,” said high school friend Antonio Metze, 19, who is black. “He had black friends.”

Roof used to skateboard while growing up in the Lexington area and had long hair back then. He attended high school in Lexington and in nearby Columbia from 2008 to 2010, school officials said. It was not immediately clear whether he graduated.

“He was pretty smart,” Metze said.

Smart or not, a week after chatting with his friends about killing college people, the guy commits mass murder in a black church.

It’s easy to conclude the man is mentally ill, and I would like to think that he is.

Because if he is not mentally ill, then this does not pass my smell test.