Well, I have to say, your future does look promising. I'm happy for you, and I look forward to the contribution you will make. If you were my daughter, I would be very proud.
As to your parents, you are right, that they are trying to control your life, and at 16, your resistance to that is very natural. This is the time in your life that you are beginning to spread your wings, and your parents are concerned, as all parents are, that you might take off in the wrong direction. They think that by controlling everything you do, they can prevent you from making a mistake that might damage your future. The truth is, it's too late for that. You have either learned better already, or you will make the mistake, and deal with it. They know this, and are experiencing a great deal of stress, themselves. Much of the conflict you are having is blow back from that.
I'm bothered by the criticism you spoke of. I can tell by your writing that you are an intelligent young woman, not prone to self destructive behavior. Try not to take it too seriously. That they don't brag on you, and instead offer criticism is just them, being outwardly modest. I know that they are extremely proud, inside.
Your father is a little racist. That cannot be helped, although it is not good. If you decide to marry someday, I hope it will be someone you have fallen in love with, and not just someone who your parents think is appropriate. I can tell you this, for sure. When you bring a grandchild into the world for them, they will not care about any of that interracial stuff. They will love that little baby more than you would ever believe them capable of.
Crying is not for the weak. It is natural, especially at your age. I know this time is a struggle for you, but you don't want to distance yourself from your parents. They truly love you, and will be there for you, should you need them.
Things will change. They will soon recognize you as an adult, and your relationship with them will change markedly. Hang in there, baby. The goal line is in site.