"I'm a hacker.
I create. I connect. I open.
Open doors to information.
And there's nothing wrong
with that. If you fear me,
you fear freedom. I don't
want your fear, I want your
respect. I don't want your
scorn, I want your compassion.
I don't want your resistance,
I want your invitation.
I'm a hacker. I'm free.
Are You?"

This is found on the back of a Covalent t-shirt I picked up at the NYC Linux Expo back in 2000 or 2001. After moving recently and finding this while unpacking I decided to look the text online and found nothing at all. So I’ve decided to address that.