Mr. Whitley first asked me to review one of his new web design projects in the Spring of 2008. He was so pleased with the results that he wrote an entire blog article on the subject and recommended my services to everyone.
You read black text in newspapers, books, magazines and online. The text is black and the page is white, not gray.
High contrast is good for readability. Grey text on a grey background is not so good for readability.