The $BODYTEXT variable in .latex2html-init is set to
$BODYTEXT = "BGCOLOR=\"#FFFFFF\" TEXT=\"BLACK\" LINK=\"BLACK\" ALINK=\"BLUE\" VLINK=\"GRAY\"";Thus, in addition to overriding the background color, the color scheme for text and links is prescribed. Both text and non-visited hyperlinks are black. I prefer this because I make extensive use of hyperlinks, and setting them to black along with the text makes them less obtrusive. Feel free to delete or modify this as desired.
Note that the use of HTML <BODY> tag parameters is ``deprecated'', and that we are all supposed to set things like this in Cascading Style Sheets (.css files) or XML Style Sheets instead. I personally hope the above BODY tag settings will continue to override any style sheet settings.