Exactly. I live in a pretty heavily Hispanic part of San Diego, so most of my neighbors and people in my general sphere of contact are of that background. We talk about stuff all the time: entertainment, politics, local stuff, etc.
One of them said "that's so STUPID...it's a cartoon!" and so forth. And that's pretty much the stance taken by everyone I've talked to about this.
He was/is a very popular and well-liked character in the Looney Toons family. I felt that this was one of "those stories" when it broke, feeling that there was no merit or reason for it whatsoever, and that within a few months or so, smarter and cooler thinking would prevail.
Looks like I was right. Again.
I think most people see what's what. I think the busybody, perpetually offended segment of society is indeed a very small (albeit vocal and often influential) of the population.
I'd like to think that most normal people are too busy busting their ass to raise their families, pay the bills, do the right things in life, etc. to waste their time worrying about silly stuff like this.
You very rarely see just a "regular joe" kind of person get all bent out of shape at stuff like this. It's always the academic types, or the professional complainer/protester/boycotter or a member the the R.I.P.O.B (Righteously Indignant and Perpetually Offended Brigade) who seem to have the time and energy to get worked up about cartoon mice, racism in George Lucas' universe, etc.
Nobody I know EVER gives a damn about this stuff. White, black, Hispanic, gay or otherwise. Maybe I just hang out with a happy, less whiny class of people. I'd like to think that's the reason.