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Black-rage insanity defense is a legal strategy which exhibits environmental hardships to explain why a person commits a crime. It is a form of insanity defense taken by the African American defendants charged with violent crime against white persons. By taking such defense the African American defendant tries to absolve or mitigate their conduct on the basis of the years of oppression and racist hostility persisted at the hands of white Americans. This defense was first used in the mid 1990’s.