I changed my mouse pointer color to the DMZ-Black cursor theme via the command

sudo update-alternatives --config x-cursor-theme and at first it appeared that I got the expected results. However, I soon noticed that when I moved the pointer over Firefox, it turned back to what appears to be DMZ-White. Further testing produced the same result in Google Chrome, and all the Libre-office apps. I also noticed it changing from a black pointer to a white hand in Ubuntu Software Center when I pointed at listed applications there.

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04.5 with Unity DE

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While searching for answers, I stumbled across this post in the forums which advised to Check what theme is set in dconf. with the command:

gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.interface cursor-theme

I found that even though I had set DMZ-Black in update-alternatives, gsettings was still reporting DMZ-White. So I issued the command:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface cursor-theme 'DMZ-Black' which took effect immediately. No need to logoff and back on like I had to when I applied update-alternatives.

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