But there are some who see this tragedy for what it is; here's a quote from Anne Rice (the write), a former resident:
"But to my country I want to say this: During this crisis you failed us.
You looked down on us; you dismissed our victims; you dismissed us. You
want our Jazz Fest, you want our Mardi Gras, you want our cooking and
our music. Then when you saw us in real trouble, when you saw a tiny
minority preying on the weak among us, you called us "Sin City," and
turned your backs."
Here's a link to her entire essay in the NY Times, which is excellent.
If you'd like to help, Witchvox has organized a Pagan response to the crisis.