not all black and white

not all black and white

Not clearly distinguished, not all bad or good: for example, “John warned us that this controversy was not all black and white; both sides were partly in the wrong.” This expression is based on the identification of black with evil or wrong, and white with good or right, which goes back at least two millennia.
See also: all, and, black, not, white
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Clearly outlining the various tensions surrounding the debate, Not All Black and White succeeds in its effort to show affirmative action as a complex issue with strong arguments on both sides.
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